Ignoring the manual after getting a new device is a phenomenon common to most users. The excitement of owning a new device is so overwhelming

Dear mobile phone user, please read the phone manual!

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Ignoring the manual after getting a new device is a phenomenon common to most users. The excitement of owning a new device is so overwhelming that only a few people actually remember that the device comes with a guide. The mobile phone manual is often times put aside with the packaging and left unread.

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I am not exempted from engaging in this habit. I’ve done it several times and I still had to return to the manual after a while.

What is a phone manual?

A manual is a written or printed set of instructions that guide you on how to operate a device and solve problems.

According to Wikipedia:

A user guide or user’s guide, also commonly known as a manual, is a technical communication document intended to give assistance to people using a particular system.

It is quite normal to get exhilarated when you get a new device. Quite a number of us won’t rest until we’ve tested or gone through every single feature of that device. While we’re at that, we sometimes do it the wrong way.

Many times we might still need go back to consult the user guide. The phone manual is a very important feature of any device. It is best to go through it before you start to operate your new device, especially if you are new to the device/software and so not familiar with how it works.

Have you ever stopped to wonder why a manual is/was included with your device?


  1. I, out of habit, read the first few pages of the manual for charging and safety instructions then try to use the device intuitively. I later return to the manual to get the full gist and I refer to it from time to time during the product’s life cycle to get the best use of it. Manuals are available for gadgets online if one misplaces them.

  2. I generally don’t bother with the manual first when I acquire a new item if I am already conversant with similar products. The only time I may check the manual first is the the product includes a new feature that I do not understand how it works.

    I generally still refer to the manual afterwards to solve problems or discover new things that could be unique and maybe, not mentioned elsewhere. Even for an entirely new product, I prefer reading the quick guide instead of the full manual.

  3. I hardly ever read manuals, preferring instead to learn, like Nike, by “just DOing”.

    Like Harry, I refer to manuals only when I get to a cul_de_sac, and cannot proceed otherwise.

    It is often unwise, of course, but the joy of discovery, rather than being ,told “how_to” ~ by a manual, makes this habit irresistible.

    A user manual came with a complex software called “Tasker” on Android. I learnt to use it by just fiddling with it, rather than sitting down and perusing a boring user manual.

    discovery is half the fun!

  4. It depends on the product. Some manuals I read, others I don’t. One good thing about technology nowadays is that, often, you can download the manual even before you buy the device.

    So by the time I get the device, I pretty much have it covered.

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