Google provides a wealth of services and apps that you can use on your computer, including its E-mail service, Gmail. A lot of them are free and to be honest, they work rather well.
To take advantage of all that Google has to offer, you’ll need to create a Google account.
Google accounts are free, they don’t cost anything at all, and you won’t be asked for any financial details during the setup process.
Creating A Google Account.
When you create a new Google account, you can either create a brand new email address, something that will end in @gmail.com, or you can use an existing email address that you already have.
If you do decide to use an existing email address, you’ll need to provide a phone number where Google can contact you.
The easiest way to get started creating a Google account is to click the Google Apps icon in the top right corner of the Google webpage.
Or click this link to go directly there
Then on the menu that opens, click the Account icon. Once on the Google account page, click the CREATE AN ACCOUNT in the top right corner.
On The Google Account Page.
This is where you’re going to create your new Google account.
There isn’t a time limit on these pages, you don’t have to hurry it along. It’s important to remember what your username is and what you’ve used as your password. So take your time.
Remember that your username will also be your new email address. So while it needs to be unique, it also needs to be something you can use. Try to keep it as simple as possible. Imagine you’re trying to give your email address over the phone.
Type in your name in the top two boxes, then in the Username box, type in the email address you’d like to have.
If it’s already in use by someone else ( which it will be), Google will tell you so and give you a couple of suggestions that you could use instead.
If you like one of Googles suggestions, just click on it.
If you’d rather try again, click in the username box and type something else. Keep going until both you and Google agree on the name you’re going to use.
I can’t stress this enough, take your time. Google isn’t going to get fed up and cut you off. You can keep going as long as it takes.
Write Down Your New Username.
Once you’ve settled on your new email address (Username), pause for a moment and write it down. You can jot it down on a scrap of paper, type it into Notepad, or better still, copy and paste it into Notepad.
It doesn’t really matter how you make a note of your new email address, so long as you do it. It’s just too easy to forget.
As I said earlier, don’t rush this part. Google will wait for you. Make sure that you note down your new email address correctly and accurately, and if you’re taking notes by hand, be sure you can read what you’ve written.
Adding A Password To Your Account.
You are going to need a password. A new password for your new Google account.
So while you’ve got Notepad open, or your pen and pad, write down the password you’re going to use.
Take your time. Create a good password. Something you can remember, that is easy to type, or if you’re writing it down by hand, something that is easy to write.
You might like to see why we need good passwords Why You Need To Use Strong Passwords
Now that you know what password you’re going to use, return to the Create a Google Account page, either type your chosen password or Copy & Paste it from Notepad into the boxes Password and Confirm.
Double-check that you’ve entered the password correctly.
Click the SHOW PASSWORD box.
When you’re happy with both your new E-Mail address and password, and you’ve got it written down somewhere or committed to memory, click the next button.
Account Recovery Options.
Every single day, hundreds or possibly thousands, of people get locked out of their accounts with one company or another. We’re only human after all.
On this page, Google encourages you to add a phone number and/or another e-mail address.
Now while you don’t have to enter this information, I’d suggest that you do.
Should you get locked out of your Google account, later on, Google will text or E-Mail you a way to get back into your account using this information.
Fill in the form as you see fit.
If you’re not entering a phone number or email address, then just leave them blank.
Click the NEXT button when you’re ready.
If you enter a phone number, Google will send you a text message with a code number in it. You’ll simply need to type that code number into the box provided on the Google webpage.
Similarly, if you enter an email address, Google will send you an email with a code number.
They do this to confirm that you really do own either the phone or email address.
Once that’s all done, you’ll see several pages concerning Google’s terms and conditions, which you’ll need to accept.
And finally, you’ve done it.
When you get to this page, you’ve created a brand new Google account.
You can start using your new E-Mail address right away, or access any of Google’s other services.
How To Setup A Google Account With An Existing Email Address.
If you’d like to use an existing email address ( one that you already have) rather than creating a new Gmail address, you can.
On the Create Your Google Account page, fill in your name with the top two boxes.
Don’t type anything into the Username box, instead, click “USE MY CURRENT EMAIL ADDRESS INSTEAD”.
Now you can type in your current email address.
So in this example, I already have a Yahoo email address and I’d like to use that for my Google account as well.
I type in my Yahoo email address and then type in the password I want to use on my Google account.
Click Next when ready.
The password I’m entering for this new Google account will be different from the password I use to access my Yahoo emails.
These two accounts are separate accounts, so they need different passwords. Even though I’m going to use the same email address the passwords should be different.
Verifying An Email Address & Phone Number.
Before you can continue setting up your new Google account, Google will ask you to verify your email address.
They’ll send you an email, in the email will be a code number.
You have to get the code number from the email and enter it in the box here.
Creating A Google Account – Conclusion
There you have it. You’ve now got yourself a brand new Google account. You will have immediate access to all of Googles services.
If you created a new Gmail email address then that will be working straight away as well.