Gmail makes email easy and efficient. And maybe even fun. With Gmail, you’ll get lots of storage space, less spam, fast search and lots more.
Switching to Gmail is actually really easy. After you sign up, you’ll see the option to transfer over messages and contacts from your old account. That way, you can pick up right where you left off.
Signing up for Gmail only takes a few minutes. You’ll just need to enter some basic information (like your first and last name), choose an available username, and pick a secure password.
To sign-in to Gmail, visit gmail.com on your computer or on your phone. If it’s your first time using Gmail, you may want to check out this Getting Started guide.
After signing up for Gmail, you can quickly and easily transfer contacts and messages from your old email account. This works for major providers like Yahoo, AOL, Microsoft, and many others (see full list).
To import contacts and/or messages, first create a Gmail account and sign in. Then click the gear in the top right corner of your account, select Mail Settings, and visit the Accounts and Import tab. There, you’ll see an “Import Mail and Contacts” button.
If you’ve been using the same email address for a while, you may want to continue to send mail from that address. Luckily, you can switch to Gmail and still send emails that display your old address in the "From" field.
To add a different “From” address, log-in to your Gmail account and click the gear in the top right corner. Select Mail Settings and visit the Accounts and Import tab. Under “Send Email As” click Add another email address. Follow the steps on-screen (or see these detailed instructions) to complete the set up.
Once you’ve created a Gmail account you’ll probably want to tell your friends and family about your new address. Email your friends from your new account and tell them to contact you there from now on.
You may also want to set-up an auto-reply (sometimes called an “automatic vacation response”) for your old account. That way, anyone who emails your old address will get a message letting them know to reach you at your new Gmail address.