The Internet For Dummies
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Gmail is an extremely popular email service provided by Google. To create a Gmail account, you actually must sign up for a Google account. This account will give you access to the Google Suite.

Follow theses steps to create a Gmail account:

  1. Go to the Google Account Creation Page.
    Google Account Creation page
  2. Enter your first and last name.
  3. Choose a username for your account. If you prefer to use an existing email address, choose the I prefer to use my current email address option located below the username field. Be aware that the username you choose will be the name that others see if you choose to use other Google services, like YouTube or Google Docs.
    choose google username
  4. Enter a password. Type the password again to confirm it is accurate. Choose a strong password to keep your account protected. It is recommended that you use alternate characters and a combination of uppercase and lowercase letters.
  5. Enter the month, day, and year of your birthday in the specified fields.
  6. Choose a gender option. You must make a choice here. You can choose the Rather not say option if you do not want to be identified by your gender.
  7. Provide your mobile phone number.
  8. If your country is not accurate, select the flag in the left corner of this field to choose the correct country.
    enter mobile phone to register for google account
  9. Type in your current email address in the field provided.
  10. Choose your location from the drop-down menu.
  11. Select the Next Step button. Google provides its Terms of Service. You must agree to the terms to continue creating your account.
  12. After reviewing, select the I Agree button. You will see the Verify Account page.
    verify your Google account
  13. Provide your phone number and select your preferred method of contact. You will receive a code via text message or phone call.
  14. Enter the code in the box provided. Select the Continue button.
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    You now have a Google account. Google will be automatically directed to the My Accounts page.
  15. From the My Accounts page, choose the Gmail icon from the top of the page or from the apps menu in the upper right corner.
    Gmail icon
    Google provides a series of instructions for your Gmail account.
  16. Choose the Next button until you reach the end of the instructions.
  17. On the final screen, select the Go to Gmail button.
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    You will be taken to your Gmail account.
Congratulations! Your Gmail account is ready for use.

Import your contacts and mail to Gmail

Google provides a tool to help you move your contacts and email from your previous email provider to your new Gmail account. To find it, click on the gear icon to get to Settings. Then click on See All Settings. At the top of the Settings windows, choose Accounts and Import, and then Import Mail and Contacts.

You can click on Learn More, if you want more information. After clicking Import Mail and Contacts, follow the instructions to complete the process.

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John R. Levine is a recognized technology expert and consumer advocate who works against online fraud and email spam. Levine is the president of the Coalition Against Unsolicited Commercial Email (CAUCE) and worked to bring the internet to underserved parts of the world as a trustee of The Internet Society.

Alison Barrows is the author or coauthor of several books about Access, Windows, and the Internet. Joseph Stockman is an 18-year software designer who has authored or coauthored five Access programming books. Allen Taylor is a 30-year veteran of the computer industry and the author of over 20 books.

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