A Beginner's Guide to Setting Up a New Android Phone with a Google Account


One of the first things to be done when setting up a new Android smartphone is adding a Google account. Before moving on to the how, however, it’s worth mentioning why having a Google account on one’s phone is important. For those who may not know, Android (the operating system used by Republic supported phones) is developed by Google. A Google account is how user content (photos, contacts, calendar entries, email, etc. is backed up. Proactively backing up one’s content is vital should one experience the misfortune of a lost, stolen or broken phone. Having one’s content backed up makes it easy to move to a new phone (whether the result of misfortune or upgrading to a new phone). A Google account is also needed to use Google’s Play Store, which is the best (and safest) way to acquire 3rd party apps (apps one chooses to install that weren’t preinstalled on your phone). Additionally, Google’s Play Store updates both 3rd party and preinstalled apps. Even should one otherwise choose to install no 3rd party apps, use of Google’s Play Store and, therefore, a Google account is required to install and/or update the Republic Wireless app (Republic’s unique blended WiFi/cell service won’t work without it).

A word of caution; a Google account on a phone is personal. Though one might share a Google account on a computer, doing so on a phone is a bad idea. If one does so, things done on one phone may impact any other phone sharing the same Google account. For example, adding or deleting contacts (or photos) on one phone will also add or delete them to other phones sharing the same Google account. To be clear, the Google account on a particular phone and the email address used to identify the Republic account housing a phone need not be the same. It’s entirely possible to house more than one phone in a single Republic account but best practice is those phones not share the same Google account.

If you’re already using Gmail, you have a Google account and will want to use that account on your new phone. If you don’t yet have a Google account, please see Google’s guidance here: Create a Google (Gmail) Account. If you’re new to smartphones, I suggest creating your Google account from your computer prior to setting up your phone (though it may be done from the phone itself). Once armed with your new Google account, please return here.

Please note, I’m using a 2018 Samsung Galaxy J7 to provide graphics. Some of the screens may look slightly different on your new phone, however, the process is substantially the same.

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Connect to Wi-Fi

  1. Select Your Wi-Fi Network.
  2. Enter the network password, then tap Connect. A hint if someone else (your Internet service provider for example) set up your network and you’re uncertain of the password; it’s often found on a label attached to your router.
  3. Tap Next (lower right).

Accept Terms and Conditions

Sign In

  1. Enter your Gmail address.
  2. Tap Next (lower right).

  1. Enter your password.
  2. Tap Next (lower right).

Agree to Google’s Terms of Service

Secure Your Phone

You’ll want to secure your phone, so that no one else will be able to access personal information stored there. The options available here will vary by phone brand and model. All Android phones may be secured using a PIN, pattern or password. Some use facial recognition. Others use fingerprint(s). Typically, if choosing to use fingerprint(s) or facial recognition, you’ll also be required to select a backup security method (PIN, pattern or password).

When you’ve finished securing your phone, tap Next.

Agree to Use of Google Services

Setup Google Assistant

Add Additional Suggested Apps from Google and/or Your Phone’s Manufacturer


You’re on your way! As your new phone completes setup, get ready to activate Republic service.

If you’re a visual person, Republic offers a great walkthrough. I suggest using a computer or tablet to follow along with Republic’s Activation Guide. The guide isn’t intended to activate your new phone; it simply provides visual guidance for the steps you’ll be taking on the phone itself.

If you prefer something text based, Republic’s activation guidance is here: How to Activate a Cell Phone or SIM Card – Republic Help.

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