How to Link Your Google Account to Your Android Tablet

You don’t have to add all your online accounts during the Android tablet setup-and-configuration process. If you skipped those steps, or when you have more accounts to add, you can easily do so. With your tablet turned on and unlocked, follow these steps:

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  1. Go to the Home screen.

    The Home screen is the main screen on your tablet. You can always get there by touching the Home icon, found at the bottom of the touchscreen.

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  2. Touch the Apps icon.

    The Apps icon is found at the bottom of the Home screen. It looks similar to the icon shown in the margin, although it has many variations.

    When you touch the Apps icon, you view the Apps drawer, which lists all the apps available on your tablet.

  3. Choose the Settings icon to start the Settings app.

    You may have to swipe the Apps Drawer screen left or right a few times, paging through the various apps, to find the Settings app icon.

    After touching the Settings icon, the Settings app runs. It shows commands for configuring and setting tablet options.

  4. Choose the Accounts category, or look for the Accounts heading.

    On some Samsung tablets, you have to touch the General tab atop the Settings app screen to find the Accounts category. Otherwise, scroll down the screen by swiping upward with your finger to locate the Accounts category or heading.

    Some tablets may show the category as Accounts and Sync instead of Accounts.

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  5. Touch the Add Account icon.

    The icon may appear as a plus sign, shown in the margin, or it may be a button that says Add Account.

  6. Choose an account from the list that appears.

    Don’t worry if you don’t see the exact type of account you want to add. You may have to add a specific app before an account appears.

  7. Follow the directions on the screen to sign in to your account.

    The steps that follow depend on the type of account you’re adding. Generally speaking, you sign in using an existing username and password.

When you’re done, touch the Home icon to return to the Home screen, or you can continue adding accounts by repeating these steps.

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