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Re: can i "Linking your Nexus device to your Google account " after i got it?
Originally Posted by preppystud
On the very FIRST time you power up the device, you go through a setup wizard, where you are given the option to sign into your Google Account (you don't actually *have* to...but for the sake of argument, we'll assume you did, since you need to do that to access any Google services). When you buy a Nexus product from Google, they give you the option to have them complete this setup wizard for you, so your device is already setup for you out of the box. Regardless of whether you have Google do this or you do it yourself, that account that you setup is the PRIMARY account on the device. Once that's done, you can add and remove secondary accounts if you wish, however the only way to remove the primary account is to do a factory reset.
Originally Posted by big matty
The factory reset clears all data (apps, settings, etc) from the device and re-enables the setup wizard. On a non-rooted device with stock recovery partition, you can do this directly from the settings menu (I forget exact location and don't have my tab in front of me right now); if you are rooted w/ custom recovery partition, you will want to boot to Recovery and do it from there. I emphasize that ALL data will be cleared from the device -- it will literally put the device back the same state it was out of the box (although it does not "uninstall" OS updates). This is, as far as I know, the only way to change the PRIMARY account on a device.
Usually, a factory reset preformed from a custom recovery will not delete your personal files, such as pictures and media (anything under the "/sdcard" directory) -- but you should always backup just to be safe.
Personally, I don't advise choosing the option to have Google do it. For one, it's quite easy to setup yourself -- it takes only a minute or two -- and second, you know your device hasn't been "handled" by Google employees prior to shipping.