How to Add Accounts to Your Android Tablet

By Dan Gookin

Your Android tablet can serve as home to your various online incarnations. That includes your email accounts, online services, subscriptions, and other digital personas. Choose an account to add to your tablet to continue the setup-and-configuration process.

With your tablet 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.

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

  2. Open the Settings app.

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

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

  3. Choose the Accounts category.

    On some Samsung tablets, tap the General tab atop the Settings app screen to find the Accounts category.

    Some tablets may name the item Accounts and Sync.

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

  4. Tap Add Account.

    The Add Account item can be seen below, although it may appear as only 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 add a specific app before an account appears.

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

    The steps you take depend on the type of account you’re adding. Generally speaking, you sign in by 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 icon to return to the Home screen.

  • You can add specific email accounts to your Android tablet.

  • You can add Facebook, Twitter, and other social networking accounts.

  • The accounts you add are your own.