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Set up your new Nexus device

Your new Nexus phone or tablet will walk you through the steps to set it up.

To make sure that your device doesn't lose power while setting up, we recommend keeping it plugged in until setup is complete. Learn how to charge your device.

Note: Some of this information may not apply to all devices because Android isn't exactly the same on every device. These instructions are for devices with Android 6.0 and up. See what version of Android you have.

Set up your new Nexus device

The first time that you turn on your device, it will prompt you to:

If you already have a Google Account

If you use Gmail, you have a Google Account. Just use the same email address and password to sign in on your device. By signing in, all of your email, contacts, calendar events, and other data associated with that Google Account will import and sync to your device.

If you have more than one Google Account, you can add the other accounts later.

If you don't yet have a Google Account

If you don't have a Google Account, you can create one during setup. You can also skip this step and create a Google Account later.

Learn more about creating a Google Account.

Transfer your Google Account information to a new Nexus device

When you set up your device, you can quickly import 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. Bluetooth will be used to complete this process. (Tap & Go is not available for Nexus 9 or Nexus 10.)

When the setup wizard prompts you to use Tap & Go:

  1. Turn on and unlock your current device.
  2. On your current device, make sure that NFC is turned on. Learn how to turn on NFC.
  3. Briefly place your current device and your new device back to back until you hear a sound confirming the touch.
  4. When the screen on your current device says, "Copy accounts and data from this device?," tap OK.
  5. The screen on your current device will lock. Use your PIN, pattern, or password to unlock it.
  6. When you get a notification that says, "New device setup completed," tap that notification.
  7. If you have 2-Step Verification set up for your 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 on your new device.


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