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    Default Google accounts on nexus 4

    Hi new here and a complete noob when it comes to android (just swapped from iPhone)

    I had a question that I hoped someone could guide me on or point me towards a guide.

    I set up a gmail account and imported all my MobileMe stuff (contacts calendars etc) to it and also uplolded all my music via music manager

    I've got my nexus 4 set up ok but my wife has just got one too now and we want to share contacts, music calendars on the two phones. We set hers up from new saying it was associated with my gmail account which is ok as she sees the calendar and contacts BUT in contacts at the top under "me" it says my details not hers. How can we set this up so that we share this info but her nexus 4 knows its her not me?
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    Easiest way is to go to Settings -> Backup & Reset -> Factory Data Reset her phone (there's another way, but it's more involved -- since it seems to be new, I assume you don't have much on her phone). If you have pics or personal stuff in the phone, back it up first, before you factory wipe -- it shouldn't kill that information, but you never know. You then do the initial sign-in with her gmail account. Once the phone is up and happy (and after a few Play Store updates, no doubt) you add your GMail account under Settings and specify only certain things that should sync (yes to Calendar, no to App Data, yes to Contacts, no Google+, and so on) so you can share certain things out, but the phone will be "hers".

    This is probably the best way, as she'll undoubtedly start arranging her phone in a particular way, including having some of the same apps as you but with different preferences -- these will sync weirdly if you have two devices with two app preferences syncing the same account.
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    Thanks. I will give that a go. We had a similar set up on 2 iPhones that worked well. I hope we can replicate that on the nexus!!!

    My other issue is google now seems to send 2 texts every time I voice dictate but that seems to be happening to other people too!!
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    Hi. My wife Does have a gmail account but she never really uses it. Can she set the phone up without her gmail account and still set up as above?
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    She will need a gmail account to access the play store and back up her settings etc.. If she is planning on getting apps from there she should use her own gmail. She does not have to use it for email, you can go to settings-apps-all and disable the gmail app. I guess you could try editing the about me contact info on her phone but it may sysync back to you and then yours will change, not sure though.

    EDIT: so I just checked the people app on my tablet, I have never set it up, it hasn't synced with my phone's info so you should be able to edit it if you wish. Tap the profile then the 3 dots at the top chose edit. I would ststill suggest you set her up her own, but whatever works for ya
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    Quote Originally Posted by chimpboy74 View Post
    Hi. My wife Does have a gmail account but she never really uses it. Can she set the phone up without her gmail account and still set up as above?
    Have her use that account to set up the phone... it makes things easier.

    Just imagine that she sets up her iPhone with an account that's rarely used except for iTunes -- you're still good to go.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sicily1918 View Post
    Have her use that account to set up the phone... it makes things easier.

    Just imagine that she sets up her iPhone with an account that's rarely used except for iTunes -- you're still good to go.
    Thanks. I think it is sorted but I have set a profile PiC on mY wife's gmail account but it isn't appearing in her contacts at top (as "me") when I set my phone up with gmail account it picked up my picture)

    What might I have done wrong?
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    Quote Originally Posted by chimpboy74 View Post
    Thanks. I think it is sorted but I have set a profile PiC on mY wife's gmail account but it isn't appearing in her contacts at top (as "me") when I set my phone up with gmail account it picked up my picture)

    What might I have done wrong?
    Open the contact and choose "Edit", then scroll to the bottom and her Google+ account (where you uploaded her pic) should be linked. Touch the pic and select "Use This Photo". Of course, if that fails you can simply grab her pic, put it somewhere accessible through the phone and paste the thing in there through the same Edit command.
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    Hi. Thats not working for me. I'm looking at her contacts and At top its got "me" With her name but when I click edit there is no option of google account. It makes no difference if I check people under her googke account details in settings.
    All of the contacts are part of my gmail account but we want to share these
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    Figured it out!!!

    She hasn't signed into Google+ as soon as we did that it worked!!

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