How to Get a Free Zoho Mail Account

Zoho offers free personal email account with no ads

Screenshot of Zoho free personal email account setup page.

Zoho Workplace is a suite of web-based applications designed for businesses, but Zoho also offers personal email addresses at no cost. An ad-free personal Zoho Mail account comes with 5GB of online message storage. All you need to set up Zoho Mail is an active mobile number that can receive text messages.

These instructions apply to the web version of Zoho Mail. All steps are the same regardless of which browser you use.

How to Sign Up for a Free Zoho Mail Account

To set up a free personal Zoho Mail account with an @zoho.com address:

  1. Go to the Zoho Mail Sign Up page and select Personal Email.

    A Zoho business account comes with all the tools for managing communication and information in a group setting, making it more ideal for work related emails.

    Go to the Zoho Mail Sign Up page and select Personal Email.
  2. Type your preferred username (the part that comes before @zoho.com in your email address) in the Email Address field.

    You can also sign up for a free Zoho.com email address using Google, Facebook, Twitter, or LinkedIn by clicking the icons at the bottom of the submission form.

    Type your preferred username (the part that comes before @zoho.com in your email address) in the Email Address field.
  3. Complete the rest of the form:

    • Enter a password in the Password field. Choose an email password that is easy enough to remember and sufficiently hard to guess.
    • Type your first and last names in the fields provided. You don't have to use your real name.
    • Enter a phone number where you can receive SMS messages, and then confirm it by entering the number again.

    Do not include the dashes in the phone number. Enter only a 10 digit string of numbers (your number plus the area code) with no punctuation. For example: 9315550712

    Complete the rest of the form to set up your personal Zoho email account.
  4. Check the box to agree to Zoho's Terms of Service and Privacy Policy, then select Sign Up for Free.

    Check the box to agree to Zoho's Terms of Service and Privacy Policy, then select Sign Up for Free.
  5. Enter the verification code received on your phone in the space provided, then select Verify My Mobile.

    Enter the verification code received on your phone in the space provided, then select Verify Code.
  6. Set up two-factor authentication, or select Remind me later in the bottom-right corner.

    Set up two-factor authentication, or select Remind me later in the bottom-right corner.
  7. Read the introductory tutorial to learn about your new Zoho Mail account, or select Skip in the bottom-right corner.

    Read the introductory tutorial to learn about your new Zoho Mail account, or select Skip in the bottom-right corner.

The Zoho Mail interface is similar to other popular services like Yahoo Mail and Gmail. It also includes many of the same features such as folders, a built-in spam filter, and desktop notifications. Select New Mail to compose your first message.

Select New Mail to compose your first message in Zoho Mail.

In addition to your mailbox, you now also have a Zoho Calendar, so you can set reminders for important events.