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How to Set Up an Email Account

The steps below, show how to set up a free Google account. If you do not want to use Google, you can try other free email services, such as yahoo or AOL.

Step 1: Go to Google

Open up your internet browser and go to the Google home page (www.google.co.uk), then click on Gmail at the top right corner of the page.

Step 2: Create an account

You’ll now be in the ‘Sign in’ section. As you don’t have a Google account yet, you will need to create one. Click Create an account.

Step 4: Set-up

To set up your new account, Google needs some information about you – first, your first and last names. The ‘choose your username’ is the unique email address that you wish to use, which will be placed before ‘@gmail.com’. Because it needs to be unique, Google may have to check the availability of any name that you decide on to make sure that no one already has it. Type an email name into the ‘choose your username’ box and then fill out the rest of your information.

If the email name you requested in is not available, you’ll get a message saying that somebody already has that username and suggesting some alternatives. You can accept one of the alternatives or type in another name and check its availability again. You will also have to complete some of the other boxes again. Once you finalise your email address, it’s a good idea to make a note of it so that you can refer to it until you remember it.

You’ll need to come up with a password so that you can log in securely to your account. Google may explain that you should try one with at least 8 characters long to be secure. Use letters and numbers to make the password more secure and difficult to guess. You can add an existing email address to keep your new email secure as well.

Step 5: verification

To get to the next steps you will need to accept Google's privacy and terms first. Once you have read it click on I AGREE.

Google will now ask you to verify your account via text or voice call, select the option that you want and click on Continue.

If you chose the text message option you will see a new window where you will have to enter the code that Google has sent to your mobile number. Select Continue and congratulations you have created your Gmail account.

Step 6: Google mail dashboard

You will be automatically redirected to Gmail's dashboard and once you have read all of the information your Gmail is now ready to use.