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Set up Raspberry Pi basic configurations

Raspberry Pi OS Welcome Text box

Time needed: 3 minutes

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

  1. Prepare your Pi

    Be sure to have all necessary hardware components connected. If you have any doubts or questions, you can have look at our tutorial How to setup the hardware of your Raspberry Pi 3 B+“.
    You need Raspberry Pi OS to be installed on your micro-SD card. If you started from a micro-SD card with NOOBS, you need to have chosen “Raspberry Pi OS” as operating system. For more details, have a look at our tutorial “How to install Raspberry Pi OS starting from Noobs”.

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

    Raspberry Pi OS Welcome Text box
    In the next steps we’ll see how easy it is to configure your Raspberry Pi nowadays.

  2. Set country

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

    Raspberry Pi OS Set Country
    Select your:
    – Country
    – Language
    – Timezone

    and click on next.

  3. Change Password

    Raspberry Pi OS 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.

    Raspberry Pi OS Change password

  4. Set Up Screen

    Tick the box only if you see a black border like on the print screen below :

    Raspberry Pi OS black border

  5. Select Wireless Network

    Nowadays, the Raspberry Pi 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:

    Raspberry Pi OS WiFi

  6. Update Software

    Here you can update your 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).

    Raspberry Pi OS Update Software
    But it’s strongly recommended to take the time and install the updates. The updates will be downloaded and installed automatically.

  7. Setup Complete

    At the end of the process you should get following message:

    Raspberry Pi OS Setup Complete
    That’s all. Great, your Raspberry Pi has now been configured with the necessary basic configurations. Reboot if necessary and don’t hesitate to have a look at our other tutorials to optimize to your needs the configurations of your Raspberry Pi.

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