How to Set Up a New Gmail Account on the Samsung Galaxy S 5

If you need to set up a new Gmail account to use on your Samsung Galaxy S 5, you have a few more steps to follow. Gmail has been around for a while. That means all the good, simple e-mail addresses are taken.

Unless you plan to start using this e-mail account as your primary e-mail, which you could do if you wanted, you’re probably best off if you pick some unusual combination of letters and numbers that you can remember for now to get through this process.

  1. Enter your first and last names on the screen.

    Google asks you for your name to start the process. This is how they personalize any communications they have with you. Enter them and tap Next on the keypad.

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  2. Enter the username you want to use with Gmail and tap Done.

    On the next screen enter the username you want. Hopefully you get this name approved on the first shot.

    If your first choice isn’t available, try again. There is no easy way to check before you go these steps. Eventually, you hit on an unused ID. When you’re successful, it will congratulate you.

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  3. Accept the terms and conditions of the account.

    You may want a lawyer to review this. Or not. Basically, the terms are that you should be nice and not try to cheat anyone. Don’t abuse the privilege of having the account.

  4. Verify the funny-looking writing.

    Google wants to make sure that you’re a real person and not a computer program out to clog up a valid user ID.

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  5. Prepare a security question and an alternative e-mail address.

    If you forget your password, Google wants to verify that you’re really you and not someone pretending to be you. Google does this check by asking you a security question and then asking for another e-mail account where they can send your temporary password. The next screens show you where to enter your information and the question choices.

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  6. Join Google + if you want.

    The next screen asks if you want to join Google+. You can if you want, but it is suggested that you come back to that question another time. The sooner you get your Gmail account set up, the more fun you can have. Tap Done.

After you tap Done, light flashes and you see the checking server settings screen.

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It usually takes less than five minutes. While you wait, you’ll see all kinds of messages that it’s getting ready to sync things. Don’t worry. I’ll explain these messages in good time.

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