How long have you been using Hotmail? Or Outlook? Are you tired of the limitations of these accounts, and do you need more functionality from your email client?
Gmail has been around since 2004, but not everyone has made the move yet – people don’t like change. But there are many reasons you should consider moving to Gmail. It’s no wonder 1.5 billion users have chosen to use Gmail as their primary email client.
Benefits of a Gmail Account
- It’s free.
- It has excellent spam filters and keeps your inbox cleaner than any other email client.
- It has a very generous storage space allowance, 10+ GB of email storage space.
- You can change your theme and the way your inbox works (i.e.there’s more flexibility than with any other email client).
- Countless plugins and extensions are available and free to use. These can help you customize your workflow and how you use email.
- You have the power of Google search functionality right inside your inbox.
- Easily Accessible – your account can be accessed anywhere where there is internet access.
- It’s reliable and rarely crashes.
How to Set Up Your New Gmail Account
Step 1. First things first, you need to head over to gmail.com.
Step 2. Click on the button that says “Create Account.”
Step 3. After that, the sign-up form will appear. You’ll need to fill in all the details it requests: first name, last name, a new username, and a new password.
Step 4. Next, you’ll be asked to enter a phone number to verify your account. This is because Google uses a two-step verification process to boost security. You can find out more about two-step verification here.
Step 5. You should now receive a text message with a verification code from Google. If this hasn’t been delivered within a few minutes, you can use the automated call system instead.
Step 6. Once you’ve verified your account, you will see a form that asks for some personal information. This includes a recovery email, your birthday, and your gender. If you’re not comfortable giving these or want to find out why Google is asking for this information, there is plenty of information on offer during the sign up.
Step 8. You should now have your new Gmail account.
How to Open Your New Gmail Account
Step 1. Return to the main Google screen and click the Gmail link.
Step 2. Once you sign in you’ll be brought through the Gmail introductory steps. After the last introductory screen, a popup appears announcing that your new Gmail account is ready to use.
Step 3. Enjoy your new email account and look at ways to level up your Gmail account to get the most from it.
What to Do If Your Username Is Taken
Adding in Periods
Unfortunately, Gmail doesn’t distinguish between variations like brad.pitt, bradpitt and br.ad.pi.tt – they are all the same as far as Gmail is concerned.
What you need to do is take parts of your name and be creative with the periods.
If you have a common name – like John Smith – you need to be even more creative when coming up with a Gmail username that will make sense to your recipients.
- Do you have a middle name you can use?
- Do you have a nickname? Although keep that one professional, please!
Register Your Own Domain
If you are using Gmail for business, then this is the ideal thing to do – especially if you have (or are setting up) a website.
Sign up for G Suite. You can do that here.
It’s relatively cheap and will help you send emails that look that bit more polished and professional.
Level up your Gmail account
With so many benefits, you can see why swapping your Outlook or Hotmail account to Gmail might be a wise move. One of the major benefits of having a Gmail account is the free add-ons or extensions you can add to supercharge your account. Right Inbox is an email productivity extension that brings your emailing to the next level. Right Inbox gives your Gmail added functionality with the following features:
Email Tracking: Find out who reads and clicks your emails, how many times, and when. Real-time insights on who reads your emails and who’s ignoring you.
Email Follow-Ups: Set up follow-ups that automatically send if your prospect doesn’t reply. You can forget to follow up, because Right Inbox won’t.
Email Templates: Turn your most effective emails in templates you can insert and optimize with one click. Save time while adding consistency to your email communication.