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Why do I need a Google account?

Your device from Sony runs on the Android platform developed by Google. A range of Google applications and services is available on your device when you purchase it, for example, Gmail™, Google Maps™, YouTube™, and the Google Play application. To get the most out of these services, you need a Google account. For example, a Google account enables you to do the following:

  • Download and install applications on Google Play.
  • Synchronise your email, contacts, and calendar using Gmail.
  • You can back up, restore and transfer your data from an old device to your new device.
  • Chat with friends using the Google Duo™ application.
  • Synchronise your browsing history and bookmarks using the Google Chrome™ web browser.
  • Identify yourself as the authorised user after a software repair using Xperia Companion.
  • Remotely find, lock, or clear a lost or stolen device using the Find my device services.

For more information about Android and Google, go to

To set up a Google account on your device

  1. Find and tap Settings > Accounts > Add account > Google.
  2. Follow the on-screen instructions to create a Google account, or sign in if you already have an account.
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