How to Set up Your Nexus 7 Tablet - dummies

How to Set up Your Nexus 7 Tablet

The final act of getting your new Nexus 7 tablet ready for use is to tell it a bit about yourself. Specifically, you need to coordinate your Google account with the tablet. Doing so gives you mobile access to your Gmail, Calendar, YouTube, and other myriad Google goodies. Further, you need to set up some other tablet features, such as your language, the Wi-Fi networking connection, and location services.

If initial setup was already done for you by the friendly salespeople where you bought your Nexus 7, you’re good to go. Otherwise, the account setup adventure begins when you turn on the Nexus 7 for the first time. Heed these directions:

  1. Press the Power Lock key.

    You may have to press the key longer than you think. When you see the text Google appear on the screen, the Nexus 7 has started. You can release the Power Lock key.

  2. Choose your language.

    If you need to change the language, swipe your finger up and down on the touchscreen to scroll the list of languages. When you see the word Welcome in your native tongue, you’re good.

  3. Touch the Big Triangle icon to proceed.


    The triangle icon is shown in the margin.

    The next step is to set up the Wi-Fi connection.

  4. Choose a Wi-Fi network.

    Assuming that a Wi-Fi network is in range, select it on the screen; touch the Wi-Fi network’s name. When you see multiple Wi-Fi networks available, pick the one you use most often.

    When the Wi-Fi network name doesn’t show up, touch the Plus (+) icon at the bottom of the screen, next to the text Other Network. You can always add a Wi-Fi network later, so skipping this step is okay.

  5. Type the password by using the keyboard that appears on the screen.

  6. Touch the Connect icon.

    Watch in amazement as the tablet connects to the wireless network.

  7. If prompted to download and install a system update, do so.

    Touch the right-facing triangle to proceed with the update. Or you can just wait and the update is installed automatically. The update may restart the Nexus 7. If so, you’ll have to start over again with Step 1.

    The next step is to configure your Google account, associating it with the Nexus 7. If you don’t yet have a Google account, get one!

  8. Obey the directions on the screen to sign in to your Google account; fill in the information as prompted.

  9. Touch the right-facing triangle to continue.

  10. At the Google Services screen, ensure that all the options are selected and then touch the right-facing triangle icon to continue.

    Touch the screen to the left of an item to set or reset a check mark. Generally speaking, all the items are things you need to effectively use the Nexus 7.

  11. Ensure that both items are selected on the Backup and Restore screen; then touch the right-facing triangle icon to continue.

    If you have any Google information previously saved (say, from the computer or a smartphone), it’s instantly synchronized with the Nexus 7. That includes contacts, calendars, bookmarks from the Chrome browser, and any apps you’ve installed on other Android mobile devices.

  12. Type your name into the blanks on the screen titled This Tablet Belongs To.

    Don’t freak out if the Nexus 7 magically knows who you are.

  13. Touch the Big Triangle to begin using your Nexus 7.

These directions may change subtly, depending on updates to the Nexus 7 software. Even if you skip an option, you can always review and change your choices by using the Settings app.

The setup process works differently when you have a Nexus 7 that can access the digital cellular network. You must also activate the tablet for the mobile network, ensuring that it has a Network ID number. That way you can get all those wonderful monthly cellular bills.