Set Up Google Account on Samsung Galaxy S4

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Some applications, like Play store, that you access from your phone require you to have a Google account associated with your phone. Aside from applications that require it, your Google account will also unlock your phone when you forget the screen lock code. For details on how to use your Google account to unlock your phone's screen lock you may check on this tutorial on how to Recover Android Device in case of Forgot password/pattern unlock an Android device. To setup a Google account on Galaxy S4, you may follow the procedures below:

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Setup Google account on Samsung Galaxy S4

If you already have a Google account, follow these steps:

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    Press the "Home" button to get back to your phone's home screen.
    The home button is the button located on the lower-middle part of your phone.
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    On your home screen, pull down the notification bar, then tap on "Settings" (gear icon), located on the upper-right part of the touch screen.
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    You will be taken to the settings menu.
    Tap on the "Accounts" tab (third tab with a key icon), so you will be taken to the accounts page.
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    On the accounts page, under "My accounts," tap on "Add account."
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    You will then be shown the accounts that you can add.
    Tap on "Google."
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    You will be taken to the "Add a Google Account" page, then tap on "Existing button."
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    Enter your Google account details and you are done.
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    You have just successfully setup a Google account on your S4, using your existing Google account.
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Create and set up a Google account on Samsung Galaxy S4

If you DO NOT already have a Google account, follow these steps:

  1. 1
    Press the "Home" button to get back to your phone's home screen.
    The home button is the button located on the lower-middle part of your phone.
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    On your home screen, pull down the notification bar, then tap on "Settings" (gear icon), located on the upper-right part of the touch screen.
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    You will be taken to the settings menu.
    Tap on the "Accounts" tab (third tab with a key icon), so you will be taken to the accounts page.
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    On the accounts page, under "My accounts," tap on "Add account."
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    You will then be shown the accounts that you can add.
    Tap on "Google."
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    You will be taken to the "Add a Google Account" page.
    Tap on "New" to make a new Google account.
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    You will be taken to a page asking for your name.
    Enter your first and last name.
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    On the next page, enter your desired Google username.
    Choose a unique one. If your chosen username is not available anymore, Google will tell you that your preferred account name has been used and ask you to select a different one. Tap on the "Next" button.
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    Enter your desired password and retype it to confirm.
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    Once both passwords match, the "Next" button will light up.
    Tap on it to proceed to the next page.
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    You will be taken to the recovery page, where you will set up a recovery question and answer in case you forget your password.
    Tap on "Choose security question" to choose one.
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    Go over the list of preset questions and choose one that you think no one else knows the answer to.
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    On the "Answer" tab, enter your answer to the security question.
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    Enter a recovery email address where a reset link will be sent in case you forget your password or your account gets compromised.
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    When you have chosen the security question, entered the security answer and indicated a recovery email address, the "Next" button will light up.
    Tap on it to proceed to the next page.
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    You will be taken to a page asking you to join Google+.
    You can tap on "Join Google+" to join. For the purpose of this article, you can press the "Not now" button instead.
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    You will be taken to the "Finish account" page.
    This page will give you an option to turn on your web history and to keep you up to date with offers from the Play store. It also tells you that by tapping on the "Next" button, you agree to Google's Terms of Service and Privacy Policy. Once you are ready, tap on the "Next" button.
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    You will be taken to the "Authenticating..." page.
    Enter the text that you see from the picture.
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    When you have correctly entered the right text, you may now tap on the "Next" button to proceed.
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    You are done.
    Press the home button to get back to your phone's home screen.
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    You have just successfully set-up a Google account on your S4 by creating a new Google account.
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Questions and Answers

I have lost Google after a Samsung update?

I can't access Google Play store or any of my downloaded apps

You will need to perform the steps of method 1 in our tutorial on how to set up a Google account on Samsung GALAXY. This will let you log in to the Google account and resume using Play Store and other applications.

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Please could you help us to set up a Hotmail Google account on our new phone, we are stuck?

We are new to this technology and need help, do we take the phone back to the shop.

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Could not communicate with the Google servers?

I have an existing account but when I sign in, the error comes as "could not communicate with the Google servers". I have tried this several times. I have been trying since 5 days. I deleted my account because of the play store error. Now my account is removed from my phone and I can't access play store and I keep getting those play store and play services error saying it has stopped. I have tried: I cleared the cache and force stopped the Google play store, Google play framework and the download manager. I also removed my Gmail account and now I can't get it back. I think it was caused by: It came up randomly

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Google Play Store icon has disappeared from the home screen?

For Samsung Galaxy S4 Android I can find the Google Play in My Accounts but there is no icon and other Google accounts ask for update but will not update. If I try to add a Google account none is shown in the list of account options. Many thanks for any help you can give. Ian. I have tried: Phone off and on. Uninstalling and reinstalling Google Store App. Panicking. I think it was caused by: I wanted to uninstall Gmail - I never use it - clearly this was more fundamental than I thought

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There is no "Google" option to click on to add to my applications?

There is no "Google" option to click on to add to my applications.. I have tried: Everything short of resetting factory settings. I think it was caused by: Erased data and cache as per instructions

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The "add account" button is not pressing?

When I press add account button nothing happens

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I don't generally use Google on my cell phone....is that okay?

If it is OK, then I need to get rid of the Account Update notification and don't know how.. I have tried: Sliding to delete. I think it was caused by: Don't know....

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