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Raspberry Pi basic configurations

In this tutorial we’ll see how to configure your Raspberry Pi for the first time after installing Raspbian. Once you have completed this tutorial, your Raspberry Pi will have all the basic configurations set up.

Preparation

  • Be sure to have all necessary hardware components connected. If you have any doubts or questions, you can have look at our tutorial “Raspberry Pi 3 B+ hardware setup”
  • You need Raspbian to be installed on your microSD card. If you started from a microSD card with NOOBS, you need to have chosen “Raspbian” as operating system. For more details, have a look at our tutorial “Raspberry Pi first start”. You can also install Raspbian directly on your microSD card as shown in our tutorial “Install raspbian on sd card”.

To start this tutorial easily, you should see following screen:

Next steps will show it’s really not difficult to configure your Raspberry Pi these days.

Set country

After clicking on the “next” button of the Welcome window, you have to enter the details about your location.

Select your:

  • Country
  • Language
  • Timezone

and click on next.

Change Password

Raspbian comes with the default:

  • username: pi
  • password: raspberry

In any case, but particularly if you plan to connect your Raspberry Pi to the internet, it is strongly recommended to change your password. You can do it easily in the next window.

Select WiFi Network

Nowadays, the Raspberry Pi 3 B+ is equipped with a fast WiFi module. If the Raspberry Pi will be used in a stable WiFi environnement, you don’t need to connect it with the ethernet cable. Up to you to decide. But if you decide to connect your Pi with an ethernet cable, you can skip this step. It’s always possible to configure a WiFi connection later.

In the other case, select your WiFi network as shown in the figure below:

And enter your WiFi network password:

Check For Updates

Now you can check if there are updates available for the operating system. If you’re impatient to start working with your Raspberry Pi or you don’t have a fast enough internet connection, you can skip this step and check for updates later. In this case, click “Skip” (not recommended).

But it’s strongly recommended to take some extra minutes time and install the updates. The updates will be downloaded and installed automatically. At the end of the process you should get following message:

Reboot

All you have to do now is to reboot your Pi. You can just simply click on the “Reboot” button as shown in the figure below.

After rebooting, you should see following message:

That’s all. Great, your Raspberry Pi has now been configured with the basic configurations. Don’t hesitate to have a look at our future tutorials to make other changes on the Raspberry Pi configurations.

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