Gmail, the email service from Google, has emerged has one of the most popular email services on the Internet. Gmail offers several features and advantages, including less spam than other services, lots of space to store email, the ability to globally search your Gmail to find the exact message you want, the ability to instant message and make phone calls with other Gmail users, and features emails in a conversation view. Gmail also offers a Priority Inbox, which automatically separates important email from everything else so you can focus on what really matters. And of course, it’s free. If you want to start using Gmail, ┬áhere’s how to open a Gmail account:

  1. Go to gmail.com and click the “Create an Account” button.
  2. On the next page and under the “Get started with Gmail” header, fill in the fields with your information. You will need to enter your first name, last name, and your desired login name. To see if your desired Gmail login name is available, type in the login name you want click the “check availability!” button.
  3. Then, choose a password. Gmail will indicate your password strength next to the password you type in.
  4. Re-enter your password, and then choose whether you want to stay signed in, which is not recommended if you are using a public or work computer, and whether you want to Enable Web History, which helps for things like customizing search results.
  5. You will then need to choose and answer a security question, which is necessary in case you forget your password, and to protect your account in case someone tries to access your account without your permission.
  6. Then, enter a recovery email address, which will be used to authenticate your account should you ever encounter problems or forget your password. If you don’t have a different email address, you can leave this blank.
  7. Finally, enter your location, birthday, and agree to Google’s Terms of Service, and click the button that says “I accept. Create my account.” This will open and create your Gmail account.