Make the Switch: Flip Phone to Android Smartphone

Welcome to the world of smartphones!
Your new device is much more than just a phone; it can be a radio, a coupon book, a fitness tracker, and more. This short guide will help you get started with your new smartphone. 

You can also check out Android's new Switch to Android page for more tips on getting started with Android. 

Lock your screen
Transfer your contacts
Improve battery life
Make calls
Using your camera
Navigate using GPS
Browse the web
Access email
Manage your calendar
Listen to music
Learn more about the Republic Wireless app
Find more apps & games 
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Lock your screen

Your Android smartphone allows you to choose how to secure your phone.

 To choose your lock method:
  1. Tap Apps.
  2. Tap Settings.
  3. Under Personal, tap Security.
  4. Under Screen Security, tap Screen lock.
  5. Choose your preferred screen lock method. 
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Transfer your contacts

Sync contacts from your flip phone to your new Republic phone.

  • Via microSD card
    You can transfer your contacts as a .vcf file to the microSD card and use a card reader to transfer the file to your computer. (There are several card readers available on the market.)
    • To save your contacts to a microSD card
      Check out this article for instructions.
    • To import a .vcf file to your new smartphone
      Click here for instructions. 
  • Via Google
    • Google provides tools to allow you to upload your contacts via their Contacts site.
    • To import vCard files to Google Contacts, click here for instructions.
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Improve battery life

Get the most out of each charge on your new Android phone.

Flip phones have excellent battery life, but there are many ways to make sure you're getting the most out of your smartphone's battery. 

Check out Charge My Phone and Extend Battery Life for tips and tricks. 

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Make calls

Unlike on flip phones, where calls are made by pressing physical buttons, calling on your Android smartphone is done through the Phone app.

Open the Phone app on your Android smartphone to make a call (it's the icon shaped like a phone receiver). 

  • To get to the dialer once you've opened the app
    Tap the dial pad or phone receiver icon.

  • To call someone on your contacts list
    Tap the Contacts icon (shaped like a person) inside the Phone app. Simply tap a contact to call them.

For more info on calling with Republic, see:

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Using your camera

Your Android smartphone has features and settings to allow you to take high-quality photos that can be shared with friends and family.

Access the camera by tapping the Camera app icon or:

  • For Moto X (1st and 2nd Gen.)
    When your phone is locked, twist your wrist a couple of times while holding the phone.
    You can also tap, hold, and swipe right on the phone's lock screen to open the camera. 
  • For Moto G and Moto E (1st and 2nd Gen.)
    Long press and slide the camera icon at the bottom of the lock screen to go to the camera.

To take a picture, simply tap the screen.

Touch and hold the screen anywhere to take multiple photos. 

To take a video, tap the recorder icon to start or stop recording. 

You can share photos and videos in different ways:

Check out Photos and Videos (Lollipop) for more info. 

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Navigate using GPS

Instead of using a separate GPS device, your smartphone can give you turn by turn directions through the Maps or Navigation apps.

To make sure GPS is turned on:

  1. Tap Apps.

  2. Tap Settings.

  3. Under Personal, tap Location.

  4. Slide access of my location to On

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Browse the web

Your web browser on your new phone is Google Chrome. This works the same way as your web browser on your computer.

Visit our Chrome doc for information on bookmarks and searching the web. 

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Access email

Your smartphone can access email through the Gmail app or Email app for other email accounts, just like accessing email on your computer.

You may have set up your Gmail account when you activated your phone. Check out our Email (Lollipop) doc for more info. 

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Manage your calendar

The Calendar app on your new phone can help you track appointments and remind you of upcoming events.

You can add personal and work calendars, or track co-workers' or family members' schedules as well through syncing with Google Calendar. 

Follow the steps here to sync your Google account on your phone - be sure the Calendar box is checked.

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Listen to music

Smartphones have much more storage space than flip phones, so your new Android smartphone can be a phone and a music player.

  • Songs, podcasts, and audio books can be synced or transferred to your phone.
  • Use the Google Play Store for music apps, such as Pandora or Spotify, or book services, such as Audible or Kindle. 
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Learn more about the Republic Wireless app

The Republic Wireless app allows you to manage your service right from your phone.

Check out Republic Wireless App for more info. 

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Find more apps & games

You can download games and other apps to your phone to customize your Android experience.

Access thousands of apps and games in the Google Play Store using your Google account.

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