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Set up your Nexus device

Some of this information applies only to devices running Android 5.0 and higher.
To make sure your phone doesn't lose power during setup, it's recommended that you keep it plugged in until setup is complete. Learn how to charge your device.

Set up your device

The first time you turn on your device, it'll walk you through the steps to get it set up. You'll be prompted to do the following:

  1. Choose the language you want your phone to use.
  2. Connect to a Wi-Fi network or your cellular data network.
  3. Sign in with your Google Account.

If you use Gmail, you have a Google Account. Just use the same email address and password to sign in here. By signing in, all of your email, contacts, calendar events, and other data associated with that account will be synced to your phone. If you have more than one Google Account, you can add them later.

If you don't have a Google Account, you can create one during the setup process. You can also skip this step and create one later. Learn more about creating a Google Account.

Transfer your Google Account information to a new device

This information applies only to devices running Android 5.0 and higher. Tap & Go is not available for Nexus 9 or Nexus 10 devices.

When you set up your device, you can quickly copy any Google Accounts, backed-up apps, and data from your current Android device to your new Android device using Tap & Go.

Your new device must be running Android 5.0 or higher, and your current device must be running Android 4.0 or higher and have NFC enabled.

When you're prompted to use Tap & Go during the setup wizard, follow these steps to complete the process:

  1. Turn on and unlock your current device.
  2. Make sure NFC is turned on for your current device. Learn how to turn on NFC.
  3. Briefly place your current device and your new device back to back until your hear a sound confirming the touch.
  4. When the screen on your current device says, "Copy accounts and data from this device?," touch OK. Keep in mind that Bluetooth will be used to complete this process.
  5. The screen on your current device will lock. Use your pin, pattern, or password to unlock it.
  6. When you get a notification on your current device that says, "New device setup completed," touch the notification.
  7. If you have 2-Step Verification set up for you Google Account or don’t have a screen lock set up on your new device, you'll be asked to enter your account password.

When you're done, all your Google account data and associated apps will be available on your new device.


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