How to create a Gmail account

Gmail is a web-based email account provider owned by Google.

In this guide, we’re going to show you how to get started with email by creating an account in Gmail. Gmail logo

You’ll need:
 
  • a computer with internet access and a web browser installed on your computer
Follow these step-by-step instructions to create a Gmail account
 
Step 1: Go to Google
 
Open up your internet browser and go to the Google home page: http://www.google.co.uk and then click on Gmail at the top right corner of the page
 
 
Google homepage
 
Step 2: Create an account
 
You’ll now be in the ‘Sign in’ section. As you don’t have a Google account yet, you need to create one. Click Create an account.
 
 
Gmail sign up page screenshot
 
Step 4: Set-up
 
To set up your new account, Google needs some information about you – first, your first and last names. The ‘choose your username’ is the unique email address that you wish to use, which will be placed before ‘@gmail.com’. Because it needs to be unique, Google may have to check the availability of any name that you decide on to make sure that no one already has it. Type an email name into the ‘choose your username’ box and then fill out the rest of your information.
 
Gmail sign up form screenshot
 
 
If the email name that you requested in is not available, you’ll get a message saying that somebody already has that username and offering you some alternatives. You can decide to accept one of the alternatives or type in another name and check its availability once more. You will have to complete some of the other boxes again. You may have to do this a few times. Once you finalise your email address, it’s a good idea to make a note of it so that you can refer to it until you remember it.
 
You’ll need to come up with a password so that you can log in securely to your account. Google may explain that you should try one with at least 8 characters long to be secure. Use letters and numbers to make the password more secure and difficult to guess. You can add an existing email address to keep your new email secure aswell.

 

Step 5: verification
 
To get to the next steps you will need to Accept Google's privacy and terms first, once you have read it click on I Agree.
 
accept gmail's privacy policy
 
Google will now ask you to verify your account via text or voice call, select the option that you want and click on Continue.
 
verify your account
If you chose the text message option you will see a new window where you will have to enter the code that Google has sent to your mobile number. Select Continue and congratulations you have created your Gmail account.
add the code that was sent via SMS
 
Step 6: Google mail dashboard
 
You will be automatically redirected to Gmail's dashboard and once you have read all of the information your Gmail is now ready to use. On the left hand side you will be able to see your inbox, sent mail and trash, you will also be able to compose emails from this list too.
 
 
gmail dashboard
 
 
Step 7: Creating a profile picture
 
You will now have set up your account. You can go straight to your inbox and get started, or you can set up a photo to show as your profile picture. To set up your profile picture click
on the profile icon on the top right hand corner of the page and click Change.
 
add a profile picture
 
 
Then, you can upload a photo saved to your computer. Once you are happy with the picture you have chosen then select Set as profile picture. You can change this at any time by going back into your profile picture settings.
 
 
upload a profile picture
 
 
 
 
 
Step 8: Completing your setup
 
You can complete your Google mail setup by clicking the available resources on the dashboard.
 
 
Now that you have fully set up your account how about looking at some of the other Google mail guides we have available? Click on the Next Steps guides below to see how to use Gmail.
 

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lorraine's picture

By lorraine on 27th November 2012

how do i get the funny a on my keyboard
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By DU Community Manager on 29th November 2012

Hi Lorraine, The @ is referred to as the "at sign" and if you have a look near the big 'Enter' key on your keyboard, you should see a key that probably has a ' at the bottom and a @ at the top of it. To type the @, hold the Shift key (the one with the arrow on the left and right hand side of the keyboard) and then click the key with the @ on it. If you have any more questions, please do visit our Community (you can reach it via the top menu) and post on the Ask a Question board.
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By anthonywhitcomb on 15th October 2014

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By maria on 9th October 2013

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By shahnam Agazadeh on 14th October 2013

thanks for helping me
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By Thulani on 13th November 2013

Thanks you
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By priscaedwardsumamushi on 20th November 2013

WISH TO THANK YOU FOR OPENING A GMAIL ACCOUNT AND I HOPE I DONT FACE ANY PROBLEMS.
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By priscaedwardsumamushi on 20th November 2013

JUST ANXIOUS TO SEE HOW THE EMAIL WORKS. ANXIOUS TO REFER TO MY FRIENDS THIS WEBSITE.
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By DU Community Manager on 20th November 2013

Hello, if you follow these step-by-step instructions you should be able to create a Gmail account. If you have questions about this, please do click on 'Community' above and ask questions there. Good luck!
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By babati tma on 22nd November 2013

thanks for accepting me.

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