How to Open a Gmail Account

Here's how to open a Gmail account if you're interested in making the switch.


The first thing you'll have to do to determine how to open a Gmail account is go to Google's home page (www.google.com). At the top of the screen there is a link for Gmail. Click on this link, which will take you to Gmail's homepage.

At Gmail's home page, on the right hand side of the screen, there will be an option to sign in to your Gmail account. Underneath this box is another box which reads "New to Gmail? It's free and easy." Underneath that is a link titled "Create an Account." Click on this to be taken to the new Gmail account page.

Now you'll complete some general information, like your name, and choose a login name. Google will search its database to make sure that the name you've chosen isn't already taken. Something to note: some countries do not use "gmail.com" in their email addresses; rather, they use "googlemail.com." These two variations will arrive in the same inbox, so two different users cannot share a login name, even if one uses "gmail" and the other uses "googlemail."

Once you've begun with how to open a Gmail account and you've selected a unique login name, it's time to pick a password. Google will help you to choose a password that will be easy for you to remember, but difficult for others to guess. You can gauge your password's strength right on the Google site.

Answer security questions and enter the anti-span word verification in the appropriate box. This keeps people from setting computer to automatically generate email accounts with which to send spam. After this is complete, read the Terms of Service and click "I Accept."

Your Gmail account is just about set. Now you have the option of learning about your Gmail account and the services that come along with it. It's a good idea to take the tour of Gmail so that you're familiar with your new email provider.

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