How to Download and Sign Up for Vine

Now that we've told you a bit of info about Vine and reviewed Vine's strong and weak points, it's time to get started using it.  This tutorial will show you the steps required to sign up for Vine.

To sign up for Vine, you will first need to download and install the Vine application for your mobile device from your device's application store.  Then, you will need to create a Vine account by providing an email address and a password.  You can also use your Twitter account credentials instead.

Since the process is really two separate actions, we've provided two separate sets of detailed instructions below.  The first set will show you how to download and install the Vine app on your mobile device.  The second set will show you what you need to do to create a Vine account.

(NOTE: The instructions here are for devices running the Google Android operating system.  Cues will be provided where the process differs on devices running Apple iOS, such as iPads or iPhones.)

Part 1: How to download and install Vine

  1. Turn on your mobile device, find Play Store (App Store on iOS devices), and tap it to open it.

    Launching your device's app store to find Vine

  2. You should see a search box in the top-middle part of the screen (or top-right corner on iOS devices).  Tap it and use your device's keyboard to type in "vine".  Then tap the suggestion that appears in the drop-down menu that reads the same way.  (NOTE: on Android devices, you may see the Vine logo to help guide you.)

    Searching your device's app store for Vine

  3. Once you find Vine, tap Install to begin the process of downloading and installing it on your device.  (On iOS devices, you may have to tap Get first, and then Install.)

    How to install the Vine app

    (NOTE: You may be asked to log into your Google or Apple account; do so if you need to, but you don't have to, since Vine is free to download and use.)

  4. You will be notified of the information and functions on your mobile device that Vine may need to use.  If you're okay with it doing so, tap Accept.

    Giving the Vine app permissions on your device

  5. Vine will automatically begin downloading and installing on your device.  When it finishes, tap Open to start it up.

    Launching the Vine app after downloading it

Part 2: How to create a Vine account

  1. Once you've downloaded, installed, and opened the Vine application, you will need to make a Vine account.  You'll notice that the Sign Up tab is already selected, so tap Sign Up with Email.

    How to sign up for Vine with email

    (NOTE: If you have a Twitter account, you can tap Sign Up with Twitter instead and enter your Twitter handle and account password.  This will let you sign up for Vine with your Twitter account credentials, and log in with your Twitter handle and password.  If you do this, follow the instructions along the way in place of the rest of the steps in this tutorial.)

  2. On the next screen, tap in each of the boxes labelled "Email", "Password" and "Phone" and use your device's keyboard to type in your email address, a password to protect your Vine account with, and your phone number (which is optional).  (NOTE: depending on your device and settings, one or more of these boxes may already be filled in.)  When you're done, tap Next.

    The form for signing up for Vine with email

  3. On the next screen, you will choose an account user name and profile picture (the latter of which is optional).  Tap where it says "Full Name" and use your device's keyboard to type in a user name for yourself (it doesn't necessarily have to be your name).  You can also tap the blank profile picture here to set a profile picture for yourself; you can choose one already on your device, or immediately take one with your device's built-in camera (if it has one).

    Choosing your Vine user name and profile picture

    When you've picked an acceptable user name (and, optionally, profile picture), tap Done.

    (NOTE: Vine may ask you for your phone number to verify it; you don't have to do this.  Just back out of the screen when you're asked about it.)


There you go!  Your Vine account is ready to go!  Our next two tutorials will go into how the Vine application actually works.


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