Get your Google on with a Google AccountSource: Ara Wagoner / Android Central

Whether you use Google Play, Chromebooks, or Gmail, all these wonderful services start with — and require — a Google Account. Whether you're setting up a professional account to help job offers or finally want to offload one of your kiddies to their own account when they outgrow the Family Link profiles, setting up a Google account is simple and quick. Here's how to do set up a Google account on whichever device you have handy.

How to set up a Google Account on your Android phone

  1. Open the Settings app.
  2. Scroll down and tap on Google.
  3. Tap Add account.
  4. Tap Google.

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  5. Tap Create account.
  6. Tap For myself if it's a personal account, or To manage my business if it's a professional account.
  7. Type in the name associated with the account.
    • While you do not have to use your real name, if this will be your main account, using your real name is recommended.
  8. Tap Next.
  9. Enter the birthdate associated with the account.
  10. Select a gender. If you do not wish to be identified by your gender, you can select rather not say.
  11. Tap Next.

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  12. Type in your username.
    • This username will become your Gmail address as well as how you log into your account. If your desired username is taken, you'll be told to pick another and given suggestions.
  13. Tap Next.
  14. Type in a new password for your account. The password has to be at least eight characters but thankfully is not required to have a number or special character if you want to stick to plain old letters.
  15. Re-type your new password in the Confirm password box. You'll be told how strong or weak the password you've selected is.

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  16. You'll be asked if you want to add a phone number. This phone number can be used to verify your identity, help log into your account, and help people find you if they have your phone number. Tap Yes, I'm in to add your number or Skip to forgo it.

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  17. Google will present its terms of use. After scrolling through and reading the sections that interest you, tap I agree.
  18. Your core Google Account is now set up, and your username and the length of your password will be shown. Tap Next to exit this screen.

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How to set up your new account on your laptop or desktop

Setting up a new Google Account is the same on your phone or laptop, but the desktop feels easier since you have to go through fewer screens.

  1. Go to Google's sign up page in your preferred web browser.
  2. Enter the name, username, and password you'd like to use for your account. Keep in mind that your username will become your Gmail address, so pick something you're prepared to type in or spell out a lot.
  3. Retype your password in the confirm password field. This helps ensure that you don't mistype your password and lock yourself out of your brand new account.
  4. Click Next.

    Enter your infoSource: Ara Wagoner / Android Central

  5. If your first username choice is taken, the username box will turn red. Enter a different username in the text box of select one of the suggestions below the username box.
  6. Click Next.

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  7. Enter your birthdate and gender.
  8. If you want to, enter a phone number and/or backup email. These can be used to help verify your identity or get you into the account if you forget your password, but they are not required.
  9. Click Next.

    Enter backup infoSource: Ara Wagoner / Android Central

  10. Google will present the terms, conditions, and privacy policies for your Google Account. Once you've read everything over, click I agree.

    Tap I agreeSource: Ara Wagoner / Android Central

That's it! Your new Google account is ready to go, meaning you can start sending emails, drafting documents, and more.

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