There are plenty of advantages when you create a Gmail account. Users enjoy around 15 GB of free storage space, as well as offline work options and the ability to synchronize accounts with services such as YouTube and Google Maps.
Create a basic Gmail account: What you have to do
If you haven’t set up a Gmail account before, the whole process shouldn’t take more than a few minutes.
1. Firstly, head to the Gmail homepage.
2. Click the red “create an account” button in the top-right hand corner of the front page.
3. Enter your first name and surname and choose a username for your account. If your preferred name has already been taken, Google will suggest similar alternatives.
4. Once you’ve chosen a username, pick a unique password and re-enter it for security purposes.
5. Click the “next” button. Now, you can enter your phone number if you’d like to use it as a security precaution or to access your account in emergencies. You can also enter a recovery email address for the same purpose.
6. Enter your birth date and gender and agree to the sign-up terms and conditions. Scroll down and press the “I agree” button.
7. After that, you should be the owner of a brand-new Gmail account.
How to import contacts into a new Gmail account
One of the most useful things to do when starting a new Gmail account is to import your existing contacts from other accounts or social media. Here’s how to import contacts from other email accounts:
1. In your Gmail account, go to Settings, then click on ‘Accounts and Import’.
2. In the ‘Import mail and contacts’ field, enter your previous email account to import your contacts and redirect mail to the new Gmail account. Make sure you have your old account’s details to hand, as you’ll need to quickly sign into it to complete the process.
3. You can also use web apps like “Friends to Gmail” to import information about your Facebook friends into Gmail. You won’t be able to import email addresses, but you can add things like birthdays and work history to help you stay in touch.