Follow These Simple Tips to Create a New Gmail Account

A New Gmail Account Opens Up Other Google Services

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Everyone should have a free Gmail account. It comes with a new email address, a different username, and storage for your messages, and it has a robust spam filter. Signing up for a new Gmail account takes just minutes, and it opens up other Google services to you.

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Enter Your First and Last Name

Enter your first and last names under "Name".
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To sign up for a Gmail account, first access the ​Create Your Google Account page on Google's website.

Start with the basics: Enter your first and last name in the Name section.

Tip: If you're signing up for a new Gmail account because you've misplaced the password to your existing one, try recovering your forgotten Gmail password first. You might be able to avoid making a whole new account.

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Choose a Username

Type your desired user name under "Choose your username".
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Type your desired username under Choose your username. 

Your Gmail email address will be that username followed by "@gmail.com." For example, the example username would mean that your full Gmail email address would be example@gmail.com

Tip: You don't have to worry about periods in your username. For example, someone could send mail to example.name@gmail.com, exa.mple.na.me@gmail.com, or e.x.ample.nam.e@gmail.com, and they'll all go to the same account. Also, example@googlemail.com would work, too.

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Create Your Gmail Password

Type the desired password for your Gmail account under "Create a password" and "Confirm your password".
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Type the desired password for your Gmail account under Create a password and Confirm your password.

Make sure you pick a​ password that's difficult to guess.

For enhanced security, you can later enable two-point authentication for your Gmail account.

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Enter Your Birthday

Select and enter your birthday under "Birthday".
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Enter your birth date into the correct fields under Birthday. This includes the month, day, and year you were born.

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Select Your Gender

Choose your gender under "Gender".
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Pick a selection under Gender to move on through the setup process.

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Put in Your Mobile Phone Number

Optionally, enter your mobile phone number under "Mobile phone" for account verification and authorization.
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Optionally, enter your mobile phone number under Mobile phone for account verification and authorization.

You do not need to specify a phone number to sign up for Gmail.

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Enter Your Current Email Address

Optionally, enter an existing email address under "Your current email address" if you want to be able to recover a lost password with it.
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If you have another email address, you can enter that here, under the Your current email address section.

This is helpful so that you'll be able to recover a lost password with this Gmail account.

However, you do not need to specify this secondary email address to create a Gmail account.

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Select Your Location

Select your country or location under "Location".
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Use the drop-down menu under Location to select your country or location.

Press the Next step button to continue.

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Agree to the Terms

Make sure "I agree to Google Terms of Service and Privacy Policy" is checked.
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Read Google's terms for serving Gmail.

Once you've scrolled to the bottom of the text, you can click the I AGREE button to exit that window.

 

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Start Using Your New Gmail Account

Now click "Continue to Gmail".
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Now that you've reached the final step, click Continue to Gmail to start using your new Gmail account.

When you have a chance, check out the other Google services available to you by clicking the Google Apps icon at in the top-right corner of any Google screen. It's the one that looks like a grid of boxes.

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