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.
At the upper-right corner, click on Sign-in.
If you have a Gmail address, just sign in. Or click on Create account.
Choose For myself.
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.
Fill in your info and click on Next.
Provide a phone number where Google can send a code to you via text or a call.
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.
You can add your phone number across all Google services if you like. But feel free to skip it.
Then read and agree to Google’s privacy terms.
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.
Click the little square of squares to access other Google services.