How to create a new Gmail account

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It's always worth knowing how to create a new Gmail account. Even if you don't intend to switch to Gmail as your primary email service, you can use one for work-related matters, clubs and societies, social media and more. You can even create throwaway accounts for giving out online —– perhaps when making a specific request. There's certainly no limit to how many you can have and, best of all, they're also free.

One thing's for sure, Gmail is one of the best email services available. Not only has it proven to be reliable, it's available both in a browser and as a mobile app. It also has a powerful search engine as you would expect from a service created by Google and it claims to block 99.9% of spam, malware and dangerous links from reaching your inbox. You also get an impressive 15GB of free storage with the option to purchase more space. And Gmail accounts are really easy to set up as you'll see.

So let's take a look at how to create a new Gmail account —– one that you'll be able to access across a wide number of devices. These steps can also be followed on a computer, mobile phone or tablet so long as you do so via a web browser on such devices.

How to create a new Gmail account

These steps can also be followed on a computer, mobile phone or tablet so long as you do so via a web browser on such devices.

1. Go to the Gmail website

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First of all, visit the Gmail website which you'll find at Then click Create an account which you'll find in the top-right corner.

2. Create a Google Account

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You will now need to sign up for a new Google Account. Enter your name in the two boxes (you don't have to input your surname if you don't want to) and click Next.

3. Input basic information

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Next enter your date of birth (you can select the month using the dropdown menu) and enter your gender (you can select Rather Not Say or select custom if you wish). Click Next.

4. Choose an email address

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Now for the fun part — choosing an Gmail address which will always end in Simply enter a username (periods will be ignored) and click Next

But be warned: you may not be able to get the email address that you want. Gmail has been around since 2004 and lots of usernames have been taken since then. Unless your name is really unusual, it's very unlikely that you'll get the dream address.

You may need to be creative — perhaps include an initial, your profession or a series of numbers that's memorable to you. Avoid anything that could be useful to cybercriminals looking to steal your details for phishing attempts.

5. Enter a password

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To ensure your Gmail account is secure, you will need to enter a password — you will have to type it twice to ensure that it's typo free.

For your safety, it's important to know how to create strong passwords.

6. Add a recovery email/phone number

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Next, for added security, enter a recovery email address. You can skip this step if you wish but it's not advisable. It's very useful should you find yourself locked out of your account.

Likewise, you can enter your phone number for added security or you can skip this step — you may feel it's less necessary than adding a recovery email and you can always add it later.

7. Finish setting up

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Take a look at your new Gmail address. Looks great, doesn't it? At this stage, just click Next.

8. Choose your personalization settings

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You now have two choices. You can click express personalization in which case Google will get you up and running very quickly while deciding what data it should collect or you can click Manual personalization which takes longer but lets you decide which settings are turned on and off.

9. Make some decisions

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If you selected Express Personalization, read about the settings and cookies that will be used then scroll down and click Confirm (or click Back if you then decide to choose Manual Personalization).

If you have chosen manual personalization, then work through the pages, deciding for example, whether you want your web and app activity to be kept until you delete it, retained for 18 months or never retained. Just click the buttons to make your choices and click Next.

10. Agree to to the privacy terms

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Now agree to Google's terms and conditions — just click I Agree. This confirms that you agree to abide by Google’s rules and agree to have your information processed according to the privacy policy.

11. Choose smart features... or not

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You will now be taken to your Gmail account. 

Before you can start to send and read emails, decide if you want to click continue with smart features or click turn off smart features. Your choice will depend on whether you want Gmail to automatically filter your emails, make suggestions and extract event details from your messages for calendar entries. Click Next when you have made your decision.

12. Decide how to share data

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Now decide if you want your Gmail data to be used to personalise other Google services. Click Personalize other Google products with my Gmail, Chat and Meet data if you do otherwise click use limited versions of other Google products. Select Done.

And there you go. Now that you're set up and ready to use your new Gmail account, why not check out our other Gmail-themed guides. Learn how to back up Gmail or how to change your password in Gmail. Or discover how to schedule an email in Gmail and how to disable Gmail's smart features and prevent tracking. There are many other guides in our Gmail hub too. 

Alan Martin

Freelance contributor Alan has been writing about tech for over a decade, covering phones, drones and everything in between. Previously Deputy Editor of tech site Alphr, his words are found all over the web and in the occasional magazine too. When not weighing up the pros and cons of the latest smartwatch, you'll probably find him tackling his ever-growing games backlog. Or, more likely, playing Spelunky for the millionth time.

  • abroxis
    Can someone tell me how I can get my gmail back . The system wants to send my validation code to an email address and phone number that has been canceled.

    I had a bunch of secret questions for validation purposes.They do not work.

    No SMS service is a available since I donot have a Mobile Phone account either.

    Any ideas how to fake SMS to receive SMS validation code.

    Is there a sms to email service out there.

    Some one teased me with a mention of a Windows application with a GUI that emulates a Mobile Phone and sends and receives SMS messages.This that technically feasible
  • rgd1101
    sound like you need to start a new gmail account.
    only google can help you with your gmail issue