Creating a Gmail Account: A Step-by-Step Guide

We highly recommend having an email address that is not provided by your internet service provider (ISP). This ensures that you can continue to use it even if you switch to a different broadband provider.

Setting up a new email address with Gmail is both easy and free. Gmail is a webmail account that is stored in the cloud, allowing you to access it from any computer, tablet, or smartphone by logging into your account.

Below, we will guide you through the process of creating a Gmail account and securing it with two-factor authentication. We will also provide tips on creating a strong password.

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Choosing a Secure Email Password

Before proceeding with the creation of your Gmail account, it is essential to consider password options.

While it is unlikely that an individual will specifically target your account, there are automated hacking systems that attempt to hack email accounts in large quantities.

Avoid using easily guessable information such as your pet's name, place of birth, or favorite football team. Additionally, refrain from using your own surname, date of birth, the word 'password,' or simple number combinations.

Instead, opt for a simple passphrase consisting of three or more random words, such as 'umbrella kitten pink.' This type of password is easily memorable, while also being significantly more difficult for automated hacking systems to crack.

For even stronger passwords and convenient management, you can use password managers such as LastPass or Dashlane to generate and handle secure passwords.

Creating Your New Gmail Account

To create a Gmail account, follow these steps:

  • Visit and click on Create an account.
  • Provide your name, preferred username, and password.
  • On the next page, enter your phone number. You will receive a code that needs to be added to the setup screen.
  • You will then have the option to choose between Express personalization or Manual personalization. The latter allows you to customize the amount of data you wish to share with Google, although it is a lengthier process.
  • 'Create your Google account' screen

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    Enabling Two-Factor Authentication (2FA)

    While your email account already has a password, it is advisable to add an extra layer of protection through two-factor authentication.

    To enable this feature, click on your initial in the circle located in the top right-hand corner and select Manage your Google Account.

    • For desktop users – click on Security on the left side of your screen. Under How you sign in to Google, choose 2-Step Verification.
    • For mobile users – select Security below your profile picture, and then choose 2-Step Verification.

    You will be prompted to re-enter your password on the following screen. Afterwards, you will be guided through the process on the next window, which will display Let's set up your phone.

    If you opt for your mobile phone, a code will always be sent to you via SMS when you sign in to verify your identity. Ensure that the phone number is accurate and select "Text message." You will receive a code on your phone, which you should enter.

    Gmail setup screen

    To return to your inbox, click on the Google apps menu button located next to your initial in the top right-hand corner (it resembles a square containing nine dots) and select "Gmail."

    Once you have completed these steps, your email address will be activated and operational.

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