How to Add Accounts to Your Android Phone

By Dan Gookin

Your Android phone can be home to your various online incarnations. That includes your email accounts, online services, social networking, and subscriptions, plus other digital personas. It’s a good idea to add those accounts to your phone as you continue the setup-and-configuration process.

With your phone on and unlocked, follow these steps:

  1. Tap the Apps icon.

    The Apps icon is found at the bottom of the Home screen. It has many variations.

    After tapping the Apps icon, you see the Apps drawer, which lists all apps available on your phone.

  2. Open the Settings app.

    You may have to swipe the Apps drawer screen a few times, paging through the various icons, to find the Settings app.

    After you tap the Settings icon, the Settings app runs. Then you can configure and set phone options and features.

  3. Choose the Accounts category.

    On some Samsung phones, first tap the General tab atop the Settings app screen to locate the Accounts category.

    The category may be titled Accounts and Sync on some phones.

    Upon success, you see all existing accounts on your phone.

  4. Tap Add Account.

    The Add Account item can be seen below, although it may appear as a plus sign.

  5. Choose an account from the list.

    For example, to add a Facebook account, choose the Facebook app from the list.

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

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

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

    Accounts listed in the Settings app.

    Accounts listed in the Settings app.

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