Gmail is Google’s email service that was born in beta in April 2004 and opened its doors to the public in February 2007, dispensing with the invitation scheme that was previously necessary to be able to create an account.
At the beginning, the platform was considered revolutionary because, among other things, it offered 1 GB of storage. To give you an idea, in the early 2000s, competitors Yahoo and Hotmail had only a few MB to offer. At that time, it is quite true, most people used Gmail to access Orkut, the social network that boomed at the beginning of this century.
Currently, Gmail is the world’s leading free email platform. In 2018, Google announced on Twitter that more than 1.5 billion users had an email account.
1.5 billion users and counting. Thank you ?? → https://t.co/1sm8jbRGkr pic.twitter.com/XaP9sfQT3i
– Gmail (@gmail) October 26, 2018
And the tool did not achieve all this success for nothing. In addition to the free 15 GB that are currently offered, Gmail has integration with several other services, offers security and another range of benefits to users.
So enough talk and get to work!
Creating the account
To start the registration process, go to http://gmail.com, and click on the “Create account” button. After that, define if your user will be personal or commercial and fill the form with the requested data.
Desired login name and password
In this part you must enter your name, surname and user that you want. The user will be used to form his email address, as in “firstname.lastname@example.org”. So, opt for a record that people can easily remember, but also take into account the fact that the simpler, the higher the chances of you being registered on a spam list.
In addition, you must follow some rules. In addition to the letters, Google allows the inclusion of numbers and a period (“.”) In the login name. If the login is not available, a message “this username is already in use will appear. Try another one ”.
On the same page, a password will be required. Remember to choose a code with at least eight characters combining letters, numbers and symbols. Do not use holidays, names of people close by, and strings like “1234”, for example.
Confirmation of contacts and other data
After choosing an account and password, Google will ask you to register a mobile number and another email. Both are optional, but serve to provide more security and also to perform a possible recovery process, in case you forget your password, for example.
In addition, information such as date of birth and gender is required. The company explains that in the first case, it is necessary to know the person’s age because some company services have restrictions for certain age groups. Regarding the genre, Google says that it uses the information to personalize messages, to know which pronouns will be used, for example.
Before actually creating the account, Gmail asks you to read the “Terms of service”. The texts inform about the user’s responsibilities and the tools that he will have available from now on.
The platform also asks for an acceptance on data processing. That is, as Google accounts can join several other services, the company makes it clear that the user will have their data processed, but that they will have control over the procedures. At the end of all this, just check the two boxes to confirm your acceptance.
Facilities and products
Ready! From now on you have a Gmail account. Along with access, Google offers dozens of other services. See, below, a list with some of the facilities and products that are next to the “package”.
- Google Ads: Display your ads on Google and our advertising network;
- Google AdSense: Place Google ads on your site and generate revenue;
- Google Books: Search the full text of books;
- Google Maps: See maps and routes;
- Google Payments: Google Payments is the fastest and easiest way to make payments online or by approximation with your smartphone;
- Google Play: Access the newest apps, games, music, movies, TV shows and news on all your devices;
- Google Photos: Store and share photos with Google Photos;
- Individual storage: Allow end users to buy more storage for Google Drive;
- Location history: Control location history and report generation;
- YouTube: Watch, upload and share videos and chat in the app. It is not available in all regions.