How To Set Up Your Google Account On An Android Device

For quite a few years now, Google's prodigy child, the Android mobile operating system, has been gaining popularity among the smartphone and tablet users of the World. Why is that, you may ask? Well, there are countless reasons for it, one of them being that ever since the beginning, Android has been and continues to be one of the most versatile operating systems out there. Whatever you want to do with Android, there's most probably a feature for it and if there's no built-in feature, then surely there's an app for it. But without a Google Account set up with the Android operating system of your mobile device, these features and apps are out of your reach. Android relies on your Google Account to be able to do all it can do for you. So how can you pair a Google Account with your Android powered device? Read on through this tutorial to find out how to do it.

NOTE: We used a Google Nexus 5 device running Android 5.1.1 Lollipop. The procedure is similar on all Android powered devices, so you should be good to go even if you're running a different version of Android on your device.

How To Connect Your Google Account To Your Android Device

All the accounts you have set on your Android device are found and configured in the Accounts section of the Settings panel, so let's go ahead and open this. To get to it, tap on the Apps icon on your homescreen.

Scroll through your apps list until you find the Settings app and tap on it to open it.

Once you open the Settings panel, scroll the list downwards until you get to the Personal section, where you'll find the Accounts option. Tap on this option to open the accounts list.

Here you'll see all the configured accounts for your device together with the option to set up an additional account. Tap on the Add account option to open the dialog panel.

The following screen lists the types of accounts that you can set up on your device, depending on what apps you have installed and what type of accounts they use. We want to set up a Google account, so look up the relevant option in the list and tap on it.

The system asks you for your account details, starting with your gmail.com email address.

We'll assume you already have a Google account created in advance, so input your Google email address in the corresponding text field and tap on Next to continue (otherwise, you can create a Google account from scratch by tapping on the Or create a new account option).

Now input your Google password in the corresponding text field and tap on Next to continue.

Before you can finish setting up your account, Google needs your agreement of the Terms & Conditions and the Privacy Policy, so now would be a good time to get yourself up to speed with them and then tap on Accept to continue.

The last step you need to complete before finishing setting up your account is to fill in the payment details. Since it's not a mandatory step for the purpose of this tutorial, we'll skip it by choosing Remind me later and then tapping on Next. You can fill in your payment details anytime via the Play Store app after you finish setting up the account.

You will now be returned to the original accounts screen, where you can see that the Google account has been configured on your device and appears on the configured accounts list.

Now everything is in order and you can use the Google Account you just set up on your device.

Conclusion

Congratulations! You have just learned how to set up a Google Account in your personal Android smartphone or tablet, so now your Android device is fully functional. The Google Account you just paired with your Android device will sync to your Google Cloud, keeping track of many and different types of information, like the apps you purchase and install, the Wi-Fi networks you connect to or the personal settings you prefer when using your own device. If you have several Android devices connected to the same Google Account, it will be a lot easier to just sync all this information between them, than to set the same things each and every time you change the device you're using. Thank you for reading our guide! Post any comments and questions you may have below and we'll gladly do our best to help. Also, feel free to browse this section of our website for tutorials on Android-specific common tasks to simplify your daily digital life!