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Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by Disneygirl, Mar 22, 2012.

  1. Disneygirl

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    Our family intends to share the samsung galaxy 10.1 tab, but how do we log out of gmail, when we're done using it? I don't want my gmail to open to all family members, nor vice versa. How do I get gmail to prompt us to username and password?
     

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    That’s easy. :) Just don’t use the Gmail app, but instead go to mail.google.com in your browser. There, you can sign in and out just like on a “real” computer.

    Keep in mind that while what you are doing is perfectly reasonable, it’s not really how Google (or Apple, for that matter) expects most people to use their tablets. Therefore, there are a few simple steps you should take that aren’t really in the manuals.

    The most important, I think, would be to create a new Google account which isn’t associated with any of of your family members, but with the tablet itself, instead. Let’s say your family name is Smith, create a new Gmail account named something like thesmithfamilystablet@gmail.com. Use that account only as the Google account on the tablet. (Android devices don’t really work too well with no associated Google account at all, but since several people share your tablet, you wouldn’t want to use any individual person’s account.)

    That way, you get all the important Google notifications important for the apps and your tablet to keep humming along well. You can also use this account to manage your apps in Google Play (formerly known as Market). There is no need to link a credit card to that account, if you don’t absolutely need certain paid apps. (I’ve never bought anything through Google Play/Market and I have used hundreds of fine apps.)

    That’s it, really. Use this shared family account for everything that all family member can see and things should work just fine.
     
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    hi, quick question, on my samsung galaxy s2 i have registered an gmail account, yesterday i bought a galaxy tab 10.1, can i have register with the same email account on the tab ?
     
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    yep, you can register using the same email, on different devices, you should be able to transfer your purchases too.
     
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    sweet, thanks :D
     

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