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. You’ll need to provide your first and last name, a user name (between 6 and 30 characters), a password, a copy of the password, your birthday (month, day, and year) and your gender. You can also supply your phone number and previous email address, if applicable.
Next, pass the security check by clicking in the box marked “Type the Text” and type in the numbers and/or letters you see in the image above the box. Then click the drop-down menu marked “Location” and choose the country you live in. Finally, click the check box below that to say that you agree to use your Gmail account in accordance with Google’s rules.
When you’re done all of that, click Next Step.
- 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 accounts, if they don’t have one already.