The first step to using Gmail is creating a Google Account. This will allow you to access and use all of Google's different services without having to log into each one of them separately. And, of course, one of the services that you can log into with a Google Account is Gmail! Here's how to do it.
Open your Internet browser, click the address bar, and type in www.gmail.com. It will redirect you to a page that looks like the one below. Click Create Account to get started.
You'll want to pay attention to the box on the right-hand side here. Click in the boxes and type in the information requested on your keyboard, or select it by clicking on it.
Click the yellow circle buttons () in the screenshot below if you need help with any of the options here. When you're done entering all of your information, click Next Step.
Type in your first and last name, in that order.
Type in what you want your email address to be (the “@gmail.com” part is automatically included at the end, so you don’t have to type it). It can be any combination of letters, numbers, and periods (.), with at least 6 but no more than 30. If the name you’ve chosen is already being used, Gmail will tell you, so you’ll have to change it; the simplest way is to just add a few numbers on the end (so instead of “bigdog”, maybe try “bigdog612″). When you’ve found a name that works, write it down so that you won’t forget it.
Password / Confirm Password
Type in a password to keep others from getting into your account (it will appear on the screen as little bullet points to protect it from prying eyes; this is normal). It can be made up of any combinations of characters that you can type out with your keyboard, but it has to include at least 8. Try to make it something that you can remember, but is not too obvious.
Gmail will help you with a little pop-up balloon that warns you if your password is too short, or if somebody could easily guess it. When you’ve come up with a password that you like, write it down somewhere so that you can remember it. Then click on the “Confirm Password” box and type it in again.
Click and select your birth month from the drop-down menu, and then click in the “Day” and “Year” boxes to type in the day and full year of your birth. By default, Gmail will hide your birth year, and you can set it up later to hide the rest of your birthday, too.
Click and select your gender from the drop-down menu. You can select “Other” if you don’t want to disclose your gender, for whatever reason.
If you have a mobile phone, you can type in its number here. This will help to give you backup options to log in to your account if you forget your password or something else happens. You can also skip entering this information if you’d like.
Current Email Address
If you have an existing email account with another service (e.g. Microsoft Hotmail, Yahoo Mail, etc.), you can enter it here. This helps you to easily get your frequent email contacts ready to use right away in your Gmail account (without having to add them manually later), and also gives you backup options to log into your Gmail account if you forget your password or something else happens. Again, you can skip entering this information if you’d like.
Prove You’re Not A Robot
This is just to make sure that you’re actually human, and not just an automated computer program trying to quickly create multiple fake email accounts. Just click in the box marked “Type the Text” and enter the letter and/or numbers that you see in the picture. Click the little circle with an arrow next to the box if you want a new picture (if you can’t read the text), or click the speaker icon next to that if you want to type in a word that you hear, instead.
Click to open a drop-down menu, then scroll down the list and click on the country where you live.
Just click to check the box here. If you want to read either of these documents, click the words highlighted in blue.
The next screen will show you what your profile picture will look like, and ask you if you want to set up your account profile in detail. If you want to skip this and just go right to Gmail, click No Thanks.
The new screen will confirm your account creation by showing you your new Gmail email address. Just click Continue to Gmail to proceed.
After this, you will be taken to your main "Inbox" screen. Congratulations! You now have your very own Gmail account! Be sure to check out our other tutorials to see all of the neat stuff that you can do with Gmail! Better yet, use what you now know to help your friends or family set up their own Gmail accounts, if they don't have one already.
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