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How to Complete the Google Glass Settings Checklist

You have your shiny new Google Glass device in your hand (or, in this case, on your head), and you want to start using it immediately. First, though, you must make a bunch of settings to make it usable. To keep your Glass connected to the Internet and/or to your Android smartphone, you need the following:

  • Glass: Make sure that you have it charged up and ready to go. You don’t want to be surprised by news of an empty battery.

  • Google account: A Google account is required to set up Glass. If you don’t already have a Google account, you can create one.

    Your Google account should have Google+ and Gmail services enabled. These two services are required so that Glass can authenticate you and use Google+ features.

  • Connection to the Internet: Internet connection is essential for Glass. Without it, Glass is just an expensive pair of glasses with a great camera.

  • Computer with web browser: Your primary computer will do just fine, as long as it has a working Internet connection and a web browser.

  • Smartphone or tablet with Bluetooth: A Bluetooth-enabled device allows you to use some of the phone features of your Glass, such as making phone calls, sending and receiving text messages, and getting directions to your next destination. You can also use your smartphone carrier’s data connection to connect your Glass to the Internet.

  • MyGlass app: If you have an Android smartphone, you should install the MyGlass app to configure Google Glass.

Because Google produces both Glass and the Android operating system, it should come as no surprise that if you use Glass with an Android smartphone, you can take advantage of some features you can’t get when you use Glass with an iPhone.

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