Creating a Gmail account is simple and easy. With your Gmail login, you can access other Google products, like YouTube, Google Drive and Google+ using the same. Instead of creating an account for Gmail specifically, you will be creating a Google account that ties all of these products together for quick, easy access.
1. Create a Gmail Account
In order to create a Gmail address, you need to create a Google account. This one account will give you access to Gmail, Drive and a host of other services. On the sign up page, you’ll be asked for the following information:
- First and last name
- Username – this will be your Gmail address
- Mobile phone number
- Your current email address
- Captcha code
Once you have entered your information, check the box to agree to Google’s Term of Service and Privacy. Click Next.
2. Choose a Profile Photo
Once you have entered your information, your account will be created. Gmail will then ask you to upload a photo. This step is optional, so you can click on Next Step to skip it. If you do choose to upload a photo, keep in mind that it will be used with all of your Google products, including your Google+ account and Gmail.
3. Access your Gmail Account
Once you click Next Step, you will be redirected your Gmail inbox and can start using it right away. Your Gmail sign in will automatically log you into all other Google products as well.
4. Customize Your Gmail Settings
Gmail allows you to customize basic settings on your account. First, click on the gear icon located on the top right corner of your Gmail account. Select Settings and select the appropriate tab.
The General tab allows you to configure basic preferences, such as your default email text style, your country, language, maximum emails listed on one page, your photo, desktop notifications and your signature. You can also enable Gmail’s Vacation Responder if you plan on being away from your Gmail account for several days.
You can also adjust your preferences for:
- Email labels
- Inbox settings
- Accounts and import
- Forwarding and POP/IMAP
- Web clips
5. Adding Multiple Accounts
If you have more than one Gmail address, you can easily access these mailboxes by adding accounts. First, click on your Gmail photo on the right corner of the screen. It’s located right next to the big “share” button.
A drop down menu should appear. Click on the “Add Account” button. Once you click the button, you will be redirected to Google’s sign in page. Enter the account’s email address and password, and click Sign In.
You can access all of the accounts you add by clicking on your Gmail profile photo on the top right corner of the screen.
Signing into Gmail
To sign into your Gmail account, first go to Gmail.com. You will then be prompted to enter your username and password. Your username may already be filled in for you. Once you have entered your account information, click Sign In to access your account.
Once you are signed into your Gmail account, you will remain logged in until you sign out. If you are using a public or shared computer, make sure that you log out of your account before leaving the computer.