Last Updated: November 23, 2015 69

How to Start Using Gmail

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If you ask the experts what Gmail is they will tell you “Gmail is a free, advertising-supported webmail, POP3, and IMAP service provided by Google.” What that means in plain language is that Gmail is a web-based e-mail service which you can use for sending and receiving e-mails online with a Gmail address, and you can also get and send e-mails from other e-mail addresses via this account.

Gmail allows you to save your e-mails in an online account, and to create folders in this account so that you can keep things nice and orderly. Storing your e-mails online means that you save space on your own computer and also use less bandwidth as you only need to download what you want to. You can, however, use Gmail with a desktop email program such as Outlook, Outlook Express or Thunderbird, and can also use it on your mobile device such as and Android phone, iPhone or Blackberry. A Gmail account is free of charge.

How to Sign up for a Gmail Account

Go to the Gmail website, which can be found at

  1. Click on the link that says “Sign up for Gmail”
  2. Enter your real name and the name that you want as a “user-name”, which could be a business name or a nickname.
  3. Click on the “Check availability” to check whether the name is available for use. If it is not you may have to change it a bit, e.g. you may have chosen “Billy” as your username and find out it is unavailable; try using “BillyThom” for instance if your last name is Thompson, or any other combination of letters and numerals until you find one that is accepted.