Sony Xperia M5 - Why Do I Need a Google™‎ Account?

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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™.

Synchronize your email, contacts, and calendar using Gmail™.

Chat with friends using the Hangouts™ application.

Synchronize your browsing history and bookmarks using the Google Chrome™ web


Identify yourself as the authorized 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


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, be sure to enter the details for the

relevant account.


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To Set Up a Google™ Account on your Device


From your Homescreen, tap .


Find and tap

Settings > Account sync > Add account > Google.


Follow the registration wizard to create a Google™ account, or sign in if you

already have an account.

You can also create a Google account using the setup guide when you first start your device,

or go online later and create an account at


To Remove a Google™ Account


From your Homescreen, tap .



Settings > Account sync > Google.


Select the Google™ account you want to remove.


Tap >

Remove account.



Remove account again to confirm.

If you remove your Google™ account, any security feature that are link to your Google™

account will no longer be available.

If you are lending your device to someone to use for an extended period, it is recommended

that you remove your Google™ account from the device.


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