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Setting up a Gmail account is so easy even your grandma could do it. You can get the job done in just a few minutes without any technical knowledge whatsoever. Also, it’s free.

Before we show you how to do it, it’s worth noting that when you create a Gmail account, you’re actually creating a Google account, which gives you access to all Google services including YouTube, Maps, Play Store, and many others. That’s a good thing because you don’t have to register for each of these services individually.

How to set up a Gmail account

To set up a Gmail account, the first thing to do is visit Gmail’s website and click the blue “Create an Account” button. Then just type in your full name, password, and come up with a unique username/email. This is where creativity comes into play. Gmail has so many users it can be hard to come up with a simple and catchy username, as a lot of them are already taken. Don’t worry: Gmail will give you a few suggestions if the one you want is already in use.

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Once you add in all the details, click the blue “Next” button. Then type in your phone number and click “Next,” after which you’ll get a verification code via an SMS. Type in that code in the “Enter verification code” box and select the “Verify” option.

Now it’s time to add in a few more details including a recovery email (optional), your date of birth, and gender. Once you’re done, click the “Next” button, after which you’ll have to go through Google’s Privacy and Terms. Click on the blue arrow facing down a few times, and then select the “I agree” option. Congratulations, you have now successfully set up a Gmail/Google account. The Gmail interface will load up in a matter of seconds, allowing you to start sending and receiving emails.

Step-by-step instructions on how to set up a Gmail account:

  1. Visit Gmail’s website and click the “Create an Account” button.
  2. Type in the required info (name, password…) and click “Next.”
  3. Type in your phone number and click “Next,” after which you’ll get an SMS with a verification code.
  4. Type in the verification code and select the “Verify” option.
  5. Add in the required info (recovery email, date of birth…) and click “Next.”
  6. Click the blue arrow facing down a few times and then select the “I agree” option.

There you have it — that’s how to set up a Gmail account on your PC. The process is more or less the same on your Android device. Just open the Gmail app and then follow the step-by-step instructions above.