Android devices are capable of using advanced communication applications and data services. Many of these applications and features require the use of web services provided by Google. When you configure an Android mobile device for the first time, you are prompted to sign in to your Google account with your Gmail email address and password.

By signing in to your Gmail account, the Google Play store, data and settings backup, and other Google services become accessible. The device synchronizes contacts, email messages, apps, downloaded content, and other information from the Google services that you use with your device. If you do not have a Gmail account, you can use the Google account sign-in page to create a new account.

NOTE: If you want to restore Android settings to a tablet that you have previously backed up, you must sign in to the account when setting up the tablet for the first time. You cannot restore your Android settings if you sign in after the initial setup.

After initial setup, access your mailbox by touching the Gmail app icon. Android devices also have an email app for connecting to other email accounts.

To add an email account, perform the following steps:

Step 1. Touch the Email app icon.

Step 2. Touch the Menu button.

Step 3. Touch Account settings.

Step 4. Touch Add account.

Step 5. Enter your email address and password.

Step 6. Touch Next, or touch Manual setup to enter special account settings.

Step 7. Touch Done.

Step 8. Type a name for the email account.

Step 9. Touch Done.