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Samsung Galaxy S5: How to Add a Google Account in Android 4.4.2 Kitkat

When I got my new Samsung Galaxy S5 two days back, after did a quick exploration of the phone appearance and the Settings menu, added a new Google account was the next thing I did because I had to install some apps from the Play Store into my phone.


How to add a Google account?
You're allowed to add a new Google account or an existing one either through the Settings menu or any Google-related apps available in the phone.


Method #1: From any Google-related apps
If you have not added any Google account yet, then whenever you open any Google-related apps(e.g: Gmail app, Play Store app, Youtube app, etc) you'll be asked to add either the new Google account or the existing one. As the example, we'll try to add a new Google account through the Play Store app.
  1. Open Play Store app.
  2. Tap New button.
  3. Enter your first name and last name in the provided fields and then tap the Right arrow icon.
  4. Enter the required name for your new Gmail email address and then tap the Right arrow icon.
  5. Enter the required password for your new Google account two times and then tap the Right arrow icon.
  6. In the Google password recovery screen, tap Set up recovery options button to set it up right now and then follow the on-screen instruction or tap Not now button to skip this step.
  7. In the Google services screen, you can choose to enable or disable backup and restore option and then tap the Right arrow icon.
  8. Tap I accept button.
  9. Enter the provided captcha to authenticate your account and then tap the Right arrow icon.
  10. In the Upgrade to Google+ screen, tap Get started button to set it up right now or tap Not now button to skip this step.
  11. In the Entertainment screen, tap Set up credit card button to set it up right now or tap Not now button to skip this step.
  12. Done, now your new Google account has been added and you're ready to use Google Play Store and other Google-related apps or services.


Method #2: From the Settings menu
  1. Swipe down the top of the screen to open up the notifications panel.
  2. Tap to enter the Settings menu.
  3. In case you have not changed the view of the settings menu yet and left it displayed in grid view, scroll down to the USER AND BACKUP section and then tap Accounts .
  4. Tap Add account.
  5. Tap Google.
  6. Here you'll be asked whether you want to create a new Google account (go to the step #7) or activate an existing one (go to the step #8).
  7. Add a new Google account:
    • Tap New button.
    • Enter your first name and last name in the provided fields and then tap the Right arrow icon.
    • Enter the required name for you new Gmail email address and then tap the Right arrow icon.
    • Enter the password for your new Google account two times and then tap the Right arrow icon.
    • Follow the on-screen instruction to complete your new Google account setup.
    • Once the setup is completed, your new Google account will be listed in the Google account list.
  8. Activate an existing Google account:
    • Tap Existing button.
    • Enter your Gmail email address and password in the provided fields and then tap the Right arrow icon.
    • Follow the on-screen instruction to complete your existing Google account setup.
    • Once the setup is completed, your existing Google account will be listed in the Google account list.

Once your Google account is added, now you can access and use all Google-related apps or services on your phone, for instance install apps from the Play Store or upload video on Youtube or else. You'll also get some new email messages in your Gmail apps contain with welcome message and some tips from Gmail team.

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