I just bought a Lumia 950 or Lumia 950 XL, what’s next?

Congrats, you just purchased Microsoft’s latest flagship Windows 10 Mobile device. Whether it be the 5.2-inch Lumia 950, or the 5.7-inch Lumia 950 XL, both devices pack powerful specs and amazing cameras. Here’s what we recommend you do first after opening the box and booting up the phone for the first time.

First things first, head over to the Settings to adjust various things like your brightness level, whether or not you want notifications, your phone and messaging settings, and more. Simply swipe down from the top of the screen to open your notifications pane, then tap on All Settings. We recommend exploring every category of the Settings app.

Create a Microsoft Account. You will need a Microsoft Account to download apps and games from the Windows Store. Go to Settings, then tap on Accounts, then tap on Your email and accounts to add a Microsoft account. Enter your existing information or follow the on-screen instructions to set up a new account. You can also use this area to add your personal Gmail or Outlook email accounts.

Organize your home screen the way you want. Go to the home screen and resize your tiles by pressing on a tile and holding it for a quick second. Then tap on the arrow to change the size, or simply tap on the pin icon to remove it completely. Go into All Apps and tap+hold on an app to pin it to your home screen. You can also move tiles around if you tap+hold and then drag it around.

Download apps from the Windows Store. Fire up the Store app from your home screen and choose a category or search for an app. Choose the app you want and tap the install button. Make sure you set up a Microsoft Account so you can download apps and games.

Change your background image or theme. Simply go to Settings > Personalization > Start to set a custom background image and to set the tile transparency. This allows you to choose the opacity of the tiles, so you can elect to see more tiles and less background image, or less tiles and more background image on your home screen.

Set up Cortana. Tap on the Cortana tile to open her up and then follow the on-screen instructions to set up Cortana. She can do all sorts of things, so give her a try!

So there you have it. A quick guide on what you should do first once you turn on your new Lumia 950 and 950 XL for the first time. For those of you who are long-time Lumia owners, what tips would you share to consumers who are new to the Lumia world? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

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For those of you who are long-time Lumia owners, what tips would you share to consumers who are new to the Lumia world?