How do I set up my Portal?

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Watch this video to learn how to set up your device.

Before setting up your Portal:

You can use a screen reader to set up your Portal, If you're having trouble using your Portal's touch screen during setup, learn more about turning off accessibility options.

To turn on your device:

  1. Slide the cover off your box, open the box and pull the device towards you.
  2. Place your Portal on a stable flat surface, like a tabletop or counter. Do not place your Portal near areas where it might get wet, sources of heat or where it may be tipped over easily. (example: near sinks, showers, pools, stoves, ovens, or radiators.)
  3. Plug the power cord into the back of your device. If your Portal comes with a charging dock, learn how to set up Portal Go.
  4. Make sure the included power cord is fully plugged into your Portal before plugging it into an appropriate outlet:
    • Your Portal works when connected to a rated AC power source with 100V to 240V AC at 50Hz to 60Hz. Please review health and safety guidelines for more information.
    • Arrange any cables and cords so that people and pets are not likely to trip over or accidentally pull on them as they move around or walk near the Portal.
  5. Leave at least 2 feet between your Portal and any walls for best call quality.

Your device will power on automatically. To turn the camera off, you can slide the camera cover over it. Or you can press the camera and microphone off button at the top of the device.

To set up your profile:

Once your Portal is plugged in, follow the on-screen instructions to begin setup. If you are visually impaired and need assistance setting up your Portal, you can activate TalkBack by placing two fingers on the screen and holding down.

Follow the on-screen instructions to do things like choose your preferred language, connect to WiFi and connect with Facebook, WhatsApp or Workplace accounts.


If you have trouble setting up your device, these articles may help:

When you have finished connecting an account, follow the remaining on-screen instructions to complete setup. You can do things like:

Note: If you can’t log into your Facebook account, visit the Facebook Help Center.

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Last updated October 21, 2021
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