Most of us already have a Google account. If you have a Gmail address or Android phone or tablet, you’ve already got one.  If you have a YouTube account, you have a Google account.

But, just in case you don’t, I’m going to show you how to create one. Here are the perks that come along with a Google Account

  • You can access your Chrome browser favorites and history across multiple computers, phones, and tablets.
  • Free Gmail email address.
  • Access to Google’s free online office suite with a word processor, spreadsheet, and presentation program.
  • Free cloud storage through Google Drive.
  • Access to the Google Photos  image storage and management system.

Here’s an easy way to create your account. Just go to Google.com.

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At the upper-right corner, click on Sign-in.

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If you have a Gmail address, just sign in. Or click on Create account.

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Choose For myself.

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Enter your name and choose the address you’d like for your Gmail address.  Then pick a password. You can also create an account using your current email address. I’d suggest creating a Gmail address. It doesn’t hurt to have an extra account, even if it’s just one you use as your second address to send 2-factor authentication messages for your primary account.

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Fill in your info and click on Next.

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Provide a phone number where Google can send a code to you via text or a call.

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You’ll also be asked to provide a recovery email address and enter your age. Google needs a birthday to verify that you’re old enough to have your own account. They also ask for your gender, but you don’t have to answer.

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You can add your phone number across all Google services if you like. But feel free to skip it.

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Then read and agree to Google’s privacy terms.

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You’re all done! You have a Google account and full access to all of their services. At the top right of the webpage, you can click to open your Gmail inbox.

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Click the little square of squares to access other Google services.

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