28 September 2016
Duration: 4:07

When you first get your tablet, you'll want to connect it to the internet. This video describes how to do this.

When you first get your tablet, you'll want to connect it to the internet. The internet gives you access to the web where you can browse web pages and to online stores where you can find apps, music, movies, and eBooks. There are lots of different models of Android tablets, and they come in two main types, those that connect to the internet by the 3G or 4G mobile network that smartphones use and those that connect by your home Wi-Fi.

If you have a 3G or 4G tablet, getting connected is easy. The tablet just connects automatically. As long as you're in an area with good mobile phone coverage, you'll be connected to the internet and the worldwide web. On Wi-Fi models, getting connected requires a few simple steps. When you switch a new tablet on for the first time, Google will ask you for the language you want to use and then to connect to a network. You'll need a home Wi-Fi network or be somewhere, like a library or coffee shop, that has Wi-Fi. You also need to know the network ID. That's its name and the password.

If you're at home, you should see the name of your wireless network. You might see your neighbours' or some other unfamiliar networks too, but you can safely ignore them. Type your network name. Your tablet will then ask for the network password. Type this in using your own-screen keyboard. Tap the Connect button. The tablet will connect to your Wi-Fi. Then, hit Next to see your date settings, select the right time zone, and hit Next again to see the Google account screen.

Now that your tablet is connected, you'll want a Google account. On an Android tablet, a Google account gives you access to Google's free Gmail electronic mail service plus the ability to download apps, games, movies, and books through the Google Play Store. Getting an account is completely free and can be shared between other Android tablets and smartphones that you own as well as Googles web browser services.

From the Google Account screen, choose Sign-in if you already had a Gmail account. Just use the on-screen keyboard to enter your email address and password. Then tap sign-in. If you don't have a Gmail account, select Get an Account. You'll be asked to provide some information about yourself, including your name and the email address that you want to use. Next, create a password. Google will indicate if your password is strong enough. If it's not, try adding an exclamation point to the end to help make the password stronger.

If you have a different email address, like a BigPond email account, type it into the recovery email address screen. This is just in case you forget how to log in to your Google account, so you can recover the password and get back in. On the next screen, select I Accept to finish creating your account and agree to the terms and conditions. Follow the prompts on the remaining screens to finish up.

Google will ask you if you want to provide credit card details for buying things on its Play Store, but you don't need to if you don't want to. Select Next on the backup screen to keep your tablet backed up, and then Next again on Google's location services used for mapping and finding things that are near you.

Congratulations! You now have a Google account and you're connected to Google Mail. You can now get the most out of your Android tablet, including browsing the web, viewing YouTube, and discovering fun and handy apps in the Google Play Store.