How to Create a Free Gmail Address (Google Mailbox Account)

To create a gmail email account, you must have a google account:

  • if you already have a google account, you just need to sign in to the gmail service with your google account username and password. click here to login and go to the correct page.
  • otherwise you need to create a google account, which allows you to create a gmail account at the same time. follow the steps below.

why create a google/gmail account?

creating a gmail account actually allows the use of many google products and services, including google docs, google drive cloud storage, youtube videos, google maps directions, search from google scholar and of course your smartphone or tablet if you are under android.

and then gmail is a very good email, very practical, with a huge online storage. find other reasons to use gmail.

If you change your mind, you can delete your gmail account later.

how to create a custom gmail email address in 2 minutes

follow the steps below:

  1. go to the web page https://accounts.google.com/signup
  2. fill in the fields: first name, last name, username and password and go to the next step
  3. enter your phone number to receive an activation code (by SMS or voice call)
  4. indicate the received code
  5. once validated, you will reach a screen where find possible:
    • to remove the provided phone number (if you don’t want it to remain associated with your google account)
    • provide a recovery email address (useful to protect your account )
    • indicate your date of birth (day, month, year): this is mandatory
    • indicate your gender: it is mandatory to choose, but you can indicate “not specified”

    ✅ that’s it! a little summary in 2 images…

    1️⃣ the first step is to create your google account, without forgetting to choose your gmail address.

    ❓ Did you know? gmail account is optional in google account, you can click “use my current email address instead”. this is not the goal here, otherwise you won’t have a gmail address…

    Gmail account creation

    Gmail account creation, step 1

    2️⃣ Then Google asks you for a phone number to send you a code:

    Gmail account creation

    Gmail account creation, step 2

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    tips to sign up for gmail

    choosing a username for the mailbox

    Think carefully about whether you want to remain anonymous (using a nickname) or, on the contrary, highlight your identity. in the latter case, try the format firstname.lastname @gmail.com even though it’s probably already in use…

    no need to try to add or remove a point: it is ignored to protect the first account created. For example, if the address claire.dupont@gmail.com already exists, then Google assumes that clairedupont@gmail.com (without the dot) also exists and is the same as gmail.

    if google says the address is already taken, try adding a word associated with you, it will help you find a free address without having to add a lot of numbers.

    see also: add other email addresses in gmail

    second address on the same account, or disposable/temporary gmail address

    The following trick is not so well known, and yet it is very practical!

    You can create as many secondary addresses as you want, in the same gmail account, without having to configure anything anywhere. in the form field, just use the + sign which is used to make an alias .

    if your gmail address is claire.dupont@gmail.com then you can give the claire.dupont +holidays@gmail.com address to whoever you want, they will receive emails.

    You can create as many aliases as you like. as many gmail addresses as you need. for each child, each activity, each event, etc. even disposable!

    even better: you can create filters in gmail to automatically classify messages based on aliases.

    so you don’t have to go through creating an address in outlook, hotmail, yahoo or another free messaging service.

    the phone number associated with the gmail account

    as you may have noticed, google requires a phone number to finish creating your account.

    • it’s good because it helps protect the account, especially with two factor authentication
    • but it’s less good if you want to stay discreet and not give everything to google…

    one trick is to provide a number during the registration phase, but after indicating the code received by sms, you can delete the phone number before finishing the account creation.

    This number can be that of a third party, or even yours but which you will later delete.

    tip: giving your real number has more advantages than disadvantages. As a matter of fact, the consequences of hacking your gmail mailbox are usually serious. You might as well use any means possible to protect your account, especially since it’s not just about gmail, it’s about all the google services you’ll be using.

    log in to gmail

    To sign in to your email, follow these instructions based on the type of device you’re using.

    how to connect by computer

    On a computer, go to https://mail.google.com/ then enter your gmail email address and password. If that’s not enough, click here to login. then you will arrive in your gmail inbox.

    see also how to change your gmail password

    how to connect on phone or tablet

    on android and ios (iphone or ipad), open the gmail app and see which google account it opens with. if it is not correct, click on your profile picture and then on “add another account”.

    for details: connect to gmail and read your emails

    alternate google account email addresses

    a google account consists of:

    • google account email address – cannot be changed
    • recovery email address – optional, helps reinforce security. This is where Google contacts you if there’s unusual activity on your account or if you’re having sign-in issues. click here to set your recovery email address.
    • contact email address: Google will send you information about most of the products you use with this account. this is not necessarily a gmail address. click here to find your contact address or add a new one.
    • secondary email addresses – these are email addresses that you can use to log in to your account, in addition to the main address. they can also be used to contact you if you lose access to your account. click here to view or add a secondary address.
    • “about me” profile email addresses: addresses you can share with others across different google products, like drive or photos.

    see also: what does bcc mean in gmail?

    other questions & answers

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