Android 101: Adding an account to your Android device
Apr 15, 2013 1:08 PM –
Welcome to a new series of simple, easy to follow tutorials aimed at users new to Android. While aimed at beginners they might also provide a quick solution for more experienced users to direct friends and family to for simple guidance. Either way, we hope it helps.
We start this series with something pretty much every Android user will need to do at some point; adding an account to your device.
Step 1 – Add an account
When you first turn your phone on, and run through the basic menus for country, language, etc. you will eventually be asked to add your Google account information. There are many reasons for this, but fundamentally, it adds your Google information to the phone. For example, this includes access to your Google email and calendar, but also the Google Play Store where you can buy and download apps, books, films and music.
You have to add this account to make the most of your new phone (or tablet) although you can skip this step until later. You can either add an existing account by entering your Google email address and password or you can create a new one. Either way, the screen will look something like this:
Add an account to your new Android phone.
Some phone manufacturers; such as HTC, might want you to create and sign into their own services. This is more optional but it might offer extra services or access to manufacturer content such as wallpapers and ringtones.
To simply add an existing account, click ‘Existing’ and you’ll be taken to another screen that looks like this:
Sign in page. Enter your Google email address and password.
Step 2 – Enter your Google email and password
The keyboard should automatically pop up and let you enter the information you need. Once you have entered your Google email account and password, click the triangle on the bottom right (some phones and tablets may post this as ‘Next’ or ‘Continue’).
It usually takes a few minutes to sign into your Google account and you will probably get a short message telling you it can take several minutes so just sit tight for a minute or two.
Step 4 – (Optional) Sign in to Google+
Next you might receive a prompt like the one below. This introduces people new to Google to their own social network service Google+.
There is no reason to sign up to this service and it isn’t compulsory for using your phone. However, it is the fastest growing social network right now so you might like it. My advice would be to explore a few YouTube videos which go into more detail. In the meantime, here’s a brief intro.
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Step 5 – (Semi-optional) Enter credit card details for Google Play purchases
The next screen you will see in the set up process introduces Google Play. In a nutshell, this is Google’s app store; a place you can download applications, games, books, videos and music (depending on your country, some services are not accessible depending on your location). In order to download content you pay for, you’ll need to enter your credit card details. This isn’t mandatory- you can still access free content via Google Play without entering any details, but you do have the option to complete this information at this stage of the set up process.
Option to enter your credit card details in order to make purchases from Google Play.
Step 6 – Select services for sync
Assuming everything has worked correctly so far, you should finally see the screen below- congratulations! The list highlights a variety of Google’s services; some of which you might use, some you might not. The tick boxes allow you to determine which services synchronise with your new device and which do not. As default, all are ticked, but I would recommend unticking those which you never use.
Syncronisation screen for Google services
And you are done!
One last thing worthy of note is that you can add more than one account to newer Android devices. To do this, go to ‘Settings’ and click on + Add account. The screen looks like the one below.
Add more accounts to your device from this screen.
And there we have it, you have now added an account to your Android device. I hope you have found this useful. If you have any questions, feel free to ask them in the comments section below and we shall do our utmost to answer them. Stay tuned for new Android 101 articles in the near future.
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