If you're hoping to get a new Android smartphone or tablet for Christmas (or you're treating yourself), we'll show you how to set up a new device and start having some fun. Also see: Essential Android apps and best Android games for a new phone or tablet.

If you've got a new Android smartphone or tablet, you can't just switch it on and start playing Angry Birds. Before you can start enjoying it, there are some steps you must take. If it all seems a bit confusing and complicated then don't worry we'll explain how to do everything.

Most phones and tablets will guide you step by step through the set up process. The experience may differ slightly, depending on what brand is your device and which version of Android it is running. They are all very similar, but here we are using Lollipop, which is the most likely operating system to be found on a new phone or tablet purchased today.

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How to set up a new Android phone or tablet

Step One

Put your SIM-card into your new device if it's a smartphone or a tablet with mobile data connectivity.

Step Two

Switch on your new Android device using the power button which is normally located on the top or side. Remember that it might need charging before it will switch on.

See how to add microSD support to your phone or tablet.

Step Three

The first thing you'll need to do once the device is powered up is select a language. Select from the list which you would like to use.

Set up new Android device

Step Four

You'll want to connect to a Wi-Fi network to get things set up properly but if you can't then you can skip this step. However, you won't be able to do much without it.

Set up new Android device

Step Five 

With an active Wi-Fi connection, sign into your Google account with your usual email address and password. If you don't have a Google account then you can create one now.

Some devices will ask you if you want to sign into other services and networks like Facebook, Twitter and Dropbox. You can do this now or later when you open the apps.

Set up new Android device

Step Six

Next you'll be given a set of options relating to Google services such as backup and location. Untick any boxes you wish and carry on.

You can adjust backup and location preferences later so don't worry too much now.

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Step Seven

Since we're using a Nexus device, the next step asks whether you want to use Google Now which provides helpful information such as news, weather, sports scores and travel data. Other devices such as those from Samsung or Sony might prompt you to sign up for different accounts.

Set up new Android device

Step Eight

That should conclude the set up process but as we mentioned earlier, different devices will have different steps. You are likely to be welcomed to your new device and might be shown a brief tutorial on how to do things like customise the wallpaper, widgets and settings.

Set up new Android device