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 is mandatory if you want to:
Download and install applications from Google Play™.
Synchronize email, contacts and the 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, make sure to enter the details for
the relevant account.
To Set up a Google™ Account on Your Device
From your Home screen, tap .
Find and tap
Settings > Accounts > Add account > Google.
Follow the registration wizard to create a Google™ account, or sign in if you
already have an account.
You can also sign in to or create a Google™ account from the setup guide the first time you
start your device. Or you can go online and create an account at