Sony Xperia Z1 Compact - Why do I need a Google™‎ account?

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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


Download and install applications from Google Play™.

Synchronise email, contacts and the calendar using Gmail™.

Chat with friends using the Hangouts™ application.

Synchronise your browsing history and bookmarks using the Google Chrome™ web


Identify yourself as the authorised user after a software repair using Xperia™


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