Do you know why over 1.5 billion people worldwide prefer using Gmail as their primary email? They love it since it is free, has great spam filters, provides free storage space, and is easily accessible. As if that is not enough, Gmail is reliable and hardly ever fails.
With this in mind, it is safe to say that you miss a lot if you do not have a Gmail account. Thankfully, there is still adequate room for the latecomers to the Gmail party. Additionally, creating a Gmail account is easy and fast, whether using a phone or a computer.
Ready to get started on creating your Gmail account? Let’s dive in.
Easy Steps for Creating a Gmail Account
The process of creating a Gmail account is to create a Google account. On the Google account, you have access to Google products, Gmail being one of these products. Here are the steps of creating a Google account to get a Gmail account.
Method #1: Creating a Personal Account
Step 1: Open your browser and search for Gmail.
Step 2: Click on Create an account.
Step 3: Enter basic details on the fields required and click Next.
Step 4: Fill in the details on the next window and click Next.
Step 5: Enter the verification code sent to your device.
Step 6: Read the privacy and terms and click I agree at the bottom.
Then, the Gmail box opens and you have your account all set up and ready for use!
For a visual walk-through showing how to create a Gmail account and for some additional information, check out this video from HelpCloud.
Method #2: Creating a Business Account
Step 1: Open your browser and log in to Gmail.
Step 2: Click on Create account.
Step 3: Select For work or my business.
Step 4: Enter details on the fields provided and click Next.
Step 5: Enter your phone number and click Next.
Step 6: Enter the verification code sent to the number you entered and click Next.
Step 7: Enter the details in the next window.
Step 8: Allow google to use your number to send you information or skip that step.
Step 9: Read the privacy and term and click I agree at the bottom.
Then, Google will inform you that your account is all set up!
After the account is set up, you can click continue to get your business discovered on Google search and Google Maps. Otherwise, click Not now and enter your Gmail inbox.
Although your account is a business account, it may lack some of the features you may need in a business email. To get this, you will need to use a Google workspace account. Unlike Gmail, which is free, a Google workspace account goes for $6 per month. The amount you pay makes the account professional by using your company’s domain name.
Additionally, you have 24/7 Google support through either phone, email, or chat. You will also have advanced security and administrative controls.
Method #3: Creating a Gmail Account for Your Child
Google allows you to create child accounts so that you can control the Google apps they use. Below are the steps for setting up an account for your child.
Step 1: Go to Gmail.
Step 2: Click on Create account.
Step 3: Select For my child.
Step 4: Google informs you that you will manage the account until your child is 13. Click Yes, continue.
Step 5: Enter your child’s details and click Next.
Step 6: Enter your phone number and click Next.
Step 7: Enter the code sent to your number and click Next.
Step 8: Enter the child’s basic information and click Next.
Step 9: Enter the email or number you will use to manage the child’s account and click Next.
Step 10: Read through the terms and conditions and check the boxes below to agree.
Step 11: Click on Agree.
Step 12: Enter the password to the parent account and click Next.
Step 13: Google will send verification to your device.
Step 14: Read what you will manage on your child’s account and click Next.
Step 15: Invite a second parent if you prefer or skip the step.
Step 16: Click Continue to open Gmail on your child’s account.
You will have successfully opened a Gmail account for your child.
Method #4: Creating a Second Gmail Account
Creating a second Gmail account means adding another account to the one that you already have. You can add a second account to help you separate personal from professional emails or have different email signatures. Here are the steps to creating a second Gmail account.
Step 1: Log in to your Gmail account and navigate to the profile icon.
Step 2: Select Add another account on the drop-down menu.
Step 3: Select Create account.
As explained above, follow the steps for creating an account to create a second Gmail. The email you create will be a secondary email under the primary email.
Then, sign into your Gmail account on your phone or computer and you’ll be all set to use your new account.
Important Points to Remember
In those few steps, you will have created your Gmail account. However, there are some things to remember:
- Some of the information that Google asks you when setting up the account, such as recovery email, is optional. You don’t have to give this information if you are uncomfortable disclosing so much about yourself. Besides, leaving out this information will not affect the creation of the account.
- You may enter a username or email address, but Google tells you that this username already exists. This happens if there is another Gmail user with the same username as what you entered. Use your middle name or get a nickname to make your email unique. However, remember to stay professional with the name since you might need this email for work purposes.
- Use strong and unique passwords for your account. Remember that you could use your account to store sensitive information. You can use password generators to get strong passwords that will keep your account secure.
Creating a new Gmail account means creating a new Google account. Fortunately, it takes only a few minutes to create the account. You will only enter your username, password, and verification phone number, and your Gmail account is ready. Afterward, use the username and password to sign in to the account you created on any other device.
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