Obtaining a Gmail account is extremely easy and totally free! Follow our step by step guide below to open your own gmail account.
Accessing the sign up form
You can access the sign up form by clicking the Gmail option on any of Google's pages with the black user bar on top.
When your on the sign up page, click the red "Sign up for Gmail" button in the top right hand corner.
Alternatively you can access the page by following this direct link to the Gmail sign up form.
Filling in the form
The image provided is to guide you through each step in the process and has been mark numerically for your reference.
Step 1: Enter your name and your surname in the "Name" fields provided.
Step 2: The "Choose your username" field will be the actual email address so their is no need to add the @gmail.com since it will be appended automatically after setup.
Here are some examples of some good email formats:
Step 3: The "Create a password" field can be anything you like and their is a status bar to indicate how strong your chosen password is to hack.
Don't forget to confirm your chosen password.
Step 4: The "Birthday" field is required to confirm that you are of legal age to accept the terms of service.
Step 5 and 6: The "Mobile" and "Your current email address" fields are optional. I recommend you fill in the mobile field but will explain why later in this article.
Step 7: The "Prove your not a robot" field is there to prevent automated machines or programs from opening multiple email accounts and is a common occurrence on all standard online forms these days.
Just retype the letters in the indicated image in the field provided. If your struggling to make out what the letters are on the image, I find that listening to the audio helps me in such occasions.
Step 8: The Location field is not required but it will most likely already be set for you but if you wish to change it, you can.
Step 9: In order for you to use the Gmail account you have too except the terms of service by ticking the check box.
Now all that remains is for you to click on the blue "Next step" button and if everything has been completed successfully, you'll be taken to a welcome page with more information and features Gmail has on offer.
Securing your email account
Gmail offers two ways of securing your account.
The first method is to attach another email account to your current account. This can easily be done by adding the alternative email on sign up or after sign up on your account's settings page.
The second method is called "2-step verification" and can also be found under the settings page.
Enabling this setting by attaching a mobile phone number to your account, you will be provided with a security code via sms or through a phone call which can be entered in the field provided.
After verification is completed any attempts at unauthorized access to your account is drastically reduced.
Enjoy your new email address.