If you don’t yet have an email account and would like one, you have come to the right place! Or perhaps you created an email alias a long time ago and are seeking an alternate address. Whatever your reason may be, creating an account should only take you about five minutes. Follow the steps below and start using a new email account today!
Comparison Between the Top Email Providers
The first thing you have to do is choose an email provider that best suits your needs. There are many options out there, so the email providers that appear next are simply three options used by a grand majority of people. And you want to know the best part? They’re free! There is no need for you to pay to use these services, unless you seek extended features like for example more storage space to host your data.
Yahoo! offers the most storage space. Starting off with one terabyte (equivalent to 1000 GB), Yahoo! Mail’s storage space is almost impossible to run out. You could say its capacity is practically unlimited!
Outlook, which used to be Hotmail, offers less storage space than Yahoo! at 5 GB. That said, it is linked to one of the most utilized communications platforms today: Skype. Through this platform you can make free calls between Skype members, send messages, as well as call landlines or cell phones at a low cost.
Finally, Gmail offers a storage capacity of 15GB, and also offers a similar service to Skype called Google Meet. Through it you are able to send messages, make calls and video chats. Perhaps the number one differentiator for Gmail may be the variety of productivity tools that it offers, such as Docs, Sheets, Photos, etc.
Steps to Create an Email Account
1. Choose an Email Provider
First, choose an email provider. Perhaps you may want to go for one of the aforementioned, or perhaps you may want to choose one that’s not on this list. Regardless of which one you go for, you can link your accounts (if you already have another email) to open your email from whichever address you prefer.
2. Pick a Username and Password
Once you have decided on an email provider, go to its respective site and enter a username to create your email address.
Keep in mind that the username you choose will appear as the alias of your email address. If, for example, you plan to use this email to search for jobs, choose a name that may be easy to write and remember, and that also showcases your professionalism. For example, if your name is Laura Martínez López, your username could be firstname.lastname@example.org. Avoid nicknames and pet names that may refer to your personal tastes and may be off putting to potential employers.
To illustrate this part of the process, see for example how to create an account in Gmail.
When you are in the “Create your Google Account” menu, introduce your First name, Last name desired username, password, and click Next.
Note: When setting your password, Google requires that you enter at least 8 characters or more, and include a mixture of uppercase and lowercase letters, numbers and special symbols.
If upon clicking next, you see that your username is already taken, try a few variations of it until you succeed.
3. Fill Out Your Personal Information
Upon successful completion of the previous step, you will be asked to provide personal information such as your Phone number, Date of birth, Gender and an optional recovery email address if you choose to add one.
4. Review Your Information
Before you continue, take the time to verify that the information is correct. In particular, look at the option that may serve you in the future to recover your account in the event that you forget your password (cell phone number or alternate email address). When you are certain that all the information you entered is correct, click Next.
5. Confirm Your Account
¡Start communicating via email!
Congratulations! If you have followed these instructions step-by-step, you are now the proud owner of a new email account. Start using it to stay in touch with your family and friends, create accounts on social networks, pay your bills online, submit job applications online, and much more.