How to add a device to Google Play

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If you want to add a new device to Google Play, these instructions make the process quick and easy.


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As an Android phone user, you will access the Google Play Store app to download apps and games. You may know that you can add another device to the Google Play app.

And if you’re wondering how to set up your device on Google Play, read on. This tutorial explains why you need to add devices to Google Play and how you can do it too.

Why add a device to Google Play?

You probably signed in with your Google account when you set up your new phone. And when you did that, your device was automatically added to Google Play. You would have access to the Google Play Store to get essential apps and their latest updates.

But why add a device to Google Play? This is because when you register a Google account on any device, it will be linked to that device in the Play Store, so the new device is added.

When you add devices to Google Play, you can link new Google Accounts to your currently used phone, Chromebook, or tablet. You can choose between accounts.

So if you access the Play Store from a web browser on your tablet or laptop, any apps you choose to install will have the option to select devices that are in your Google account. Thus, the listing of a new game will indicate that it is available for all your added devices.

And you can add a new device (in fact, multiple devices) to your Google Play account at any time, like when you get a second Android phone or tablet.

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How to add a device to Google Play

It’s very easy to add a device to Google Play. You can do this in two ways. For the first method:

  1. Go to your phone Settings.
  2. Head to the Accounts section and select Add Account > Google.
  3. Log in with your new device gmail.
  4. Once connected, you will be prompted to add your device’s phone number, which you can ignore and add later. Next, you must agree to Google’s terms.
  5. And the following screen opens showing that your new device is set up. Since Google accounts are also Play Store accounts automatically, they will also log you into the Play Store.


The second method is through the Play Store itself:

  1. Go to the Google Play Store app.
  2. Tap your profile picture or initial.
  3. Tap the down arrow next to your email id.
  4. To select Add another account > Google. And continue to add the new device by logging in with your Gmail account.

How to switch between multiple accounts in Google Play

It’s easy to switch accounts in Google Play:

  1. Open the Google Play Store app on your phone.
  2. Tap your profile picture or initial, then tap the down arrow next to your email id.
  3. Your original account or device will be there along with your new one. Simply switch from one to the other by tapping on them.

How to add a payment method to Google Play

If you love exploring new games and apps, you know that some premium app versions offer cool features that are worth paying for. So you need to set up a payment method to buy these apps. Here’s how:


  1. In the Google Play app, tap your profile picture or initial to open the menu.
  2. Click it Payments & subscriptions option.
  3. Press the Payment methods option on the next screen.
  4. Here you can add a credit or debit card, add your PayPal account, redeem a code for Google Play credit, and buy Google Play credit. On my phone the options are for Netbanking, Credit or Debit Cards, UPI and Redeem Code as you can see in the screenshot below.
  5. Select the option you want and follow the prompts to add a payment method.

Enjoy Google Play on multiple devices

Now you know how easy and cool it is to add a device to Google Play. So go ahead and add your new phone or tablet to Google Play and download fun apps and games to enjoy on your devices.


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