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How to Set Up the LG G5 And Transfer Files From the Google Nexus 5X

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The LG Google Nexus 5X was the very first phone from LG with USB Type-C and supported 15 Watts of charging using the new USB Power Delivery Spec.  The other Android phone that Google released with the Nexus 5X was the Huawei Google Nexus 6P, also having USB Type-C but larger, heavier, and a more premium feel.  

For those looking for a phone similar in size to the LG Google Nexus 5X but with a more premium metal casing like the Nexus 6P, the LG G5 is a great option.  Not only does LG stay close to the Android experience you get from the Nexus products, but they have improved on it by adding DisplayPort over USB Type-C, slightly faster charging through 16 Watts using Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0 over USB Type-C, and a more user friendly interface.

LG has always focused on ease of use and despite the LG G5 being an extremely advanced phone, it's very easy to set up and migrate from the LG Google Nexus 5X.  

At the AT&T Store, AT&T already initialized the phone with my existing plan so I started the setup already connected over 4G.  During the initial startup screen you need to choose the language.  Even though the phone was purchased in the US, the default language was English (Canada) so I changed it to English (United States).

  

Although I already had 4G connection, I also connected to the local WI-FI network.

  

As soon as it checked for software updates, the LG G5 asked if I wanted to transfer my setup from another Android phone.  Since I wanted to transfer my setup from the LG Google Nexus 5X, I selected 'Copy your Google Accounts, apps, and data from your other device'.

  

Android offers NFC based Tap & Go to quickly pair the LG G5 and LG Google Nexus 5X together but I was initially unsuccessful using it.

   

It turns out that NFC was not turned on in the Nexus 5X.  

 

After turning NFC on the Nexus 5X, I went back to the LG G5 and restarted the transfer process.  At the Tap & Go screen, I touched the backs of the Nexus 5X and the G5 together, after a beep I could continue the setup which continued on the Nexus 5X rather than the G5.

  

On the Nexus 5X, the setup took me to Settings where I had to turn on Bluetooth.

  

 

Once Bluetooth was on, the connection process continued and I had to log into my Google account on the Nexus 5X as well as enter the device PIN for security reasons.  

   

After entering the security credentials, I could continue the transfer process and copy my Google accounts, apps, and data.

  

With the transfer process was complete, I could then go back on the LG G5 and continue the setup including adding Google Service and fingerprint/PIN security.

  

  

  

  

Once my fingerprint was added, Google then proceeded to restore the rest of the phone from my Google account.

After the Google setup process finishes, AT&T then intervenes with its own setup screens.  Some of these screens seem redundant with Google since Google already had a mobile transfer feature which I just completed.  Also it's not clear why I should use the AT&T Address book since all my contacts are already in the cloud with Google.

  

  

   

With this awkward AT&T setup process finished, I finally got to the home screen of the LG G5.

 

On the home screen, I began the first of a series of mini tours that begin with each App or feature I selected on the phone.

   

When I selected the phone icon it make a call, I received information about AT&T Video calling.

 

When I selected messages, I also got a brief "how-to".

  

Even when selecting the home button, I was presented a list of possible actions.  

I could select the normal home screen.

 

I could also select EasyHome to get a busier home screen.

 

I could also select Google Now Launcher which allows you to say "Ok Google" to command your phone.  Google Now also automatically brings up content like weather, travel times, schedules, and news items relevant to you.

     

 

Even opening up Google Calendar had it's own long series of setup screens.

  

  

Overall, transferring my phone setup and Google accounts from the LG Google Nexus 5X to the LG G5 was easy and despite the many setup screens from AT&T, the overall setup process was straightforward.

 

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