Adding a second Google account to your Android smartphone and tablet is probably something many people need to do, especially for work, work or just to manage multiple accounts. The whole process is extremely easy, but for some users it may not be visible at first glance and easy to find. When you first get a brand new Android device, Google will ask you to sign in to your Google account during the initial setup process, but that’s it. Below we’ll explain how to add more to your device, whether it’s Google accounts, corporate accounts, or even a second Dropbox, Vine, Twitter account, and more. Follow a few very simple steps below and you’ll be up and running in no time.
Adding a Second Account
For those who use multiple Gmail accounts at any given time, have a separate work email, or simply want to add another account to their Android smartphones and tablets, here’s how to do it. First, you need to find the settings button, which is usually located as a gear-shaped icon in your app tray or at the top right of the notification pop-up bar. If you have special menu buttons on the device, press the menu and then system settings. Go to Menu > Settings > Account > Add Account > Google > create new or use existing one Alternatively, for those who go to this setting but haven’t added a Google account, simply select the account type after tapping the “Add account” button shown above. There are many options and more after installing Dropbox, Vine and other apps on your smartphone or tablet. This much. It’s all over and you now have two different Google accounts on your device. But there’s one more thing, you may or may not want this account to take over your contact list, sync photos and calendar entries and other stuff, here’s how to stop it.
If you’ve added a second account and prefer to sync contacts and information from the account and only access it for Gmail or Calendar instead, all of these can be controlled in the same location. Select Settings > Accounts > “Google” and then select the desired account as shown below. Once selected, you’ll be able to control what is and isn’t synced to your smartphone or tablet. Go ahead and uncheck anything that isn’t necessary and you’re done. It’s that easy.
You should do it?
Many users prefer to add second and sometimes three or more accounts to their smartphones and tablets, but the initial setup only asks for one, and certainly many of you wanted another. Adding a second account is fine, but if it’s for the job, we recommend going to settings and adding a passcode lock to your device for added security. If you have any other questions or need other how-to guides, drop us a comment below.