Set up an Android device with a managed Google account

To set up an Android device with a managed Google account, you just need to add the account to the device. How you add your account depends on whether you're setting up a new (or factory-reset) device or an existing device.

Initial setup

  • If your organization uses Google endpoint management, has advanced management enabled, and your device isn't marked as corporate-owned, end-users will be asked to choose how they want to use the device:
    • If end-users plan to add personal data on the device, they should check “I own this device”. The device will be set up with a work profile to keep work and personal data separate.
    • If end-users don't plan to add personal data on the device, they should not check “I own this device”. The device will be set up in fully managed mode.
  • Organizations with Google Workspace Business Plus, Enterprise, Education Standard, Education Plus or Cloud Identity Premium can import company-owned devices into their inventory. New (or factory reset) devices in your organization's company-owned inventory are automatically set up in fully managed mode during setup, and work profile is not available.
  • If your organization uses a third-party EMM provider, you can enable setup using managed Google accounts by clicking the “Enable third-party Android mobile management” checkbox within Android EMM settings in the Google Admin console. This can be done across your entire organization or individual organizational units. Check with your EMM for more details on the device setup process with their solution.
    • If Google endpoint management is available on your Google managed domain, you should disable advanced management for the organization/organizational units where “Enable third-party Android mobile management” is selected to avoid conflicting behavior.
Set up a new device

If you have a new or factory-reset device, add your managed Google account during device setup:

  1. Turn on your device.
  2. Follow the on-screen steps until you're prompted to enter a Google Account.
  3. Enter your managed Google account and password.
  4. Follow the on-screen steps until setup is complete.
Set up an existing device

If your device is already set up, add your Google Workspace or Cloud Identity account. If your account is already on your device, you don’t need to do anything. To add your account:

  1. Open your device's Settings app.
  2. Tap Accounts. If you can't see 'Accounts', tap Users & accounts.
  3. At the bottom, tap Add account.
  4. Tap Google.
  5. Enter your G Suite or Cloud Identity account email and password.

If your organization has advanced management enabled, you will be prompted to set up a work profile to keep corporate data secure and separate from your personal data.

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