Creating a Google Account

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated August 31, 2013)

In order to use Google Drive (and all the applications under the Google Drive moniker), you need to have a Google account. Getting an account is easy—in fact, you may already have one. You see, a Google account is required if you are already using other Google tools, such as G-mail. (If you do have G-mail, just skip everything else here and start using Google Drive right away by logging in using your G-mail credentials.)

The first step in getting a Google account is to visit this website:

https://accounts.google.com/SignUp

At the right side of the screen you'll need to fill in a bunch of information about you. You know; the common stuff like your name, what password you want, and your e-mail address. You'll also need to provide some info that may seem odd, such as your birthdate and phone number. If you read the fine print, you'll discover that these are used to differentiate the account you are creating from other people who have your same name.

After entering all the info, type in the goofy character combinations that help verify you aren't really a program masquerading as a person. You then click Next Step and Google waits for you to confirm that you set up the account properly. It does this by sending an e-mail message to your e-mail account. Dig out the message from your inbox and click the link it contains. Once you do that, you are set and you can start using your Google account right away.

Author Bio

Allen Wyatt

With more than 50 non-fiction books and numerous magazine articles to his credit, Allen Wyatt is an internationally recognized author. He  is president of Sharon Parq Associates, a computer and publishing services company. ...

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