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    Why do I need a Google™ account?

    Your Xperia™ 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 Play Store™ application, which gives you access to the Google Play™ online store for downloading Android™ applications. To get the most out of these services, you need a Google™ account. For example, a Google™ account enables you to do all of the following:
    • Download and install applications from Google Play™.
    • Synchronise your email, contacts and calendar using Gmail™.
    • Chat with friends using the Hangouts™ 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 my Xperia™ or Android™ Device Manager services.

    For more information about Android™ and Google™, go to http://support.google.com.

    Note

    It is crucial that you remember your Google™ account username and password. In some situations, you may need to identify yourself for security reasons using your Google™ account. If you fail to give your Google™ username and password in such situations, your device is locked. Also, if you have more than one Google™ account, make sure to enter the details for the relevant account.

    To set up a Google™ account on your device

    1. From your Home screen, tap Icn sony home apptray normal.
    2. Find and tap Settings > Accounts & sync > Add account > Google.
    3. Follow the on-screen instructions to create a Google™ account, or sign in if you already have an account.

    Tip

    You can also sign in to or create a Google™ account from the setup guide the first time you start your device. Alternatively, you can go online and create an account at www.google.com/accounts.

    To remove a Google™ account

    1. From your Home screen, tap Icn sony home apptray normal.
    2. Tap Settings > Accounts & sync > Google.
    3. Select the Google™ account that you want to remove.
    4. Tap Icn sony key menu > Remove account.
    5. Tap Remove account again to confirm.

    Note

    If you remove your Google™ account, any security features that are linked to your Google™ account will no longer be available.

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