Google Play, Chromebooks, Gmail … all these wonderful services start with (and require) a Google Account. And whether you’re setting up a professional account to help field headhunters and job offers, or finally offloading one of your tweens to their own account, setting up a Google account is simple and quick, but there are a few tricks to it.
Let’s open the door to the wonderful world of Google.
While you can set up a new account on a computer using this link, if you’re on an Android device, Google has baked the Google account setup right into the Settings menu, making things much easier. Here’s how to set it up.
Scroll down to Accounts.
Tap Add Account, the plus icon in the top right corner of your screen.
Tap Or create a new account.
Type in the name associated with the account. While you do not have to use your real name, if this is going to be your main account, using your real name is recommended.
Enter the birthdate associated with the account. Note: Google requires all account users to be at least 13 years old and some countries have even high age requirement, but in order to have an account that can use Google Wallet (or use a credit card in Google Play), the account holder must be 18 years old.
Pick a gender. If you do not wish to be identified by your gender, you can decline to state. There is also a custom gender option for those who identify outside the cisgender binary.
Type in your username. This username will become your Gmail address as well as how you log into Google.
If your desired username is taken, you’ll be told to pick another and given suggestions. Either select one of the suggested usernames or type in a new one.