There are many good reasons why you would want to create a Gmail account. Before I guide you through the steps to get you up and running with your new mail account, let’s go over a few of them:
In addition to the benefits above, you'll never have to worry about your inbox getting full. With 15 GB of storage, you'll be good for years and Google even increases the amount of free storage you get from time to time.
And there's even more:
This list basically just scratches the surface of the good stuff you’ll be getting when you create a Gmail account. I have a few great productivity tips and simple techniques that most people don’t know about, which I will share with you after these steps to open your account, but let’s get you started first.
Head over to http://gmail.com (this link will open in a new window). Then you will see a screen like this:
As you can see at the bottom of the image above, if you create a Gmail account, you will automatically also have access to a number of other Google services as well. I’ll explain what you can do with these later on, but for now, it’s just good to understand that you can’t sign up for just a Gmail account. You’ll be signing up for a Google account and get access to Gmail and a number of other Google services as well.
Click the “Create an account” link in order to create a Gmail account (or rather: create a Google account).
Next, you’ll get a screen where you need to enter some information about yourself in order to create a Gmail account. We’ll go over the different fields step by step.
The fields for your “Name” and “Username” will define your identity in
your new e-mail address. Use the “Name” field to enter your first name
and last name. This is also the name that people will see if you send
someone an e-mail. The part where it says “choose your username” is a
little bit more complicated. That will be your actual e-mail address.
When you create a Google account, your e-mail address will always end in “@gmail.com”. Use only lowercase letters when you choose a username. Because of the popularity of Google accounts, there’s a good chance that someone has already taken the e-mail address of your choice. In the example below you can see that the person entered firstname.lastname@example.org as e-mail address of choice.
As soon as you want to move on to the next field (where you choose a password), Google will notify you if the e-mail address of your choice is already taken by someone else. You can see this in the image below. Google will also show some suggestions of usernames that are still available, but the “ts9375128” from this example will be hard to remember as your e-mail address. You’ll have to try different combinations to get the e-mail address of your choice.
Next, you’ll have to choose (and confirm) your password. Google will show some on-screen hints about your new password and will also show you how “strong” your password is going to be. Nowadays, we just can’t afford to use weak passwords, because stories keep coming up on a daily basis about hacked mailboxes due to guessed or hacked passwords.
We can go over the next few fields a little quicker, as they are more straightforward to understand. Enter your date of birth, gender, mobile phone number and current e-mail address. You can leave the mobile phone number and current e-mail address empty if you like, but Google wants to use it to contact you in case you forget your new Gmail account password.
You’ll also have the option to set Google as your startpage, which you can safely uncheck, should you decide to stick with your current startpage. You’ll have to prove you’re not a robot by typing the verification code and once you’ve also set your location and ticked the checkbox to agree with Google’s terms of services, you’ll be well on your way to using your new Gmail account.
In the next image, you’ll see that you can additionally upload a photo so your contacts will be able to see who they’re dealing with, but you can skip this step if you want.
The next step when you create a gmail account will take you to a welcome screen, where you can click the “Continue to Gmail” button to go to your inbox.
As soon as you arrive in your inbox, you’ll notice 3 new welcome messages waiting there for you from the Gmail Team with some tips to help you find your way around in your new Gmail account, along with an overview of your storage.
You have a massive 15 GB at your disposal, which should be plenty to keep you going for years. I know people who have been using their Gmail account for years without ever having to delete a single message. And if that’s not enough, Google regularly increases the amount of free storage you get with your Gmail account.
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Oh, and don't forget to check out my article on Boomerang for Gmail, an awesome add-on that allows you to schedule sending messages, set reminders and a few other great features to deal with mail like a pro.