Today, if you ask most people what email service they use, about 70% of them will tell you Gmail. Of course, Gmail have become so popular than Outlook which first grace the scene of email service. While some may not adopt Gmail for their work, they definitely use it as their personal email service. Statistics shows that about 80% online marketers and webmasters have use Gmail at one point or other. Since Gmail made its debut back in 2002, millions of internet users all over the world have adopted it as their preferred email portal. This is mainly due to the fact that coming of Gmail has completely “revolutionalized” the whole email infrastructure. Users now have an access to more storage limit to store all their emails, finding old emails have become easier with Gmail, spam are reduced or better managed and you even have a feature to undo your action when you mistakenly send an email to a wrong person. Most of these features contribute to what made Gmail so popular.
Notwithstanding that Google (who owns Gmail) have made signing in and out of Gmail account so easy, most people still encounter problems when trying to log in to their account. This article was created in order to help you successfully navigate any issue you may encounter while trying to access your Gmail account. We will explain in simple terms how to solve all the issues related to Gmail account signing in.
This article will also go ahead to teach you how you can successfully keep your Gmail account secured from prying eyes and third parties you don’t want snooping in your account. You will also learn how to manage your email better and how to prevent those annoying spam messages messing up your inbox.
What To Do Before Logging In To Your Gmail
Gmail require that you sign up before you can begin to use their service. Make sure to create a Google account which will give you access to Gmail and many other useful apps owned by Google like YouTube, Blogger, Contacts, Google Drive, Google+, Calendar, Maps and others.
Once you’ve created your Google account, setting up your new inbox will only takes couple of minutes and Gmail will totally guide you on how you can do that. Memorize your password and login username; keep them at a safe place that others cannot easily access. Don’t use your name as password, as this is the first thing hackers try when trying to hack into your account. Use a combination of letters, numbers and symbols to form a strong password that you can easily remember but hard for others to guess. There are password management services like LastPass and others you can use to manage your password. Once you have created and set up your account, you can easily log in to your account, follow the tutorial below to know how you can easily log in to your Gmail account.
How To Log In To Your Gmail Account
Gmail is a web-based email service. This means that Gmail securely store your emails on the internet rather than on your computer and you can easily access your emails from any computer or device from anywhere in the world.
Follow the steps below to log in to your account
1. Open your web browser and type in www.gmail.com
Note: Should you see a page describing Gmail instead of log in page, click on “Sign in” at the top-right corner of the page.
3. Once you have correctly entered your username and password. Hit on “Sign In” to access your account.
4. Once you have clicked on “Sign in”, if every input is correct, you will be redirected to your email interface.
Common Problems When Logging In
If you are having problem logging in to your account, it could be that either you spelt your username wrong or your password. Re-type your username and password. Make sure that caps lock is not on, as you type in your password, Gmail will likely encrypt it with asterisks; I suggest you type it on notepad, copy it and paste it on the password field.
Ouch! I forget my password: Forgetting password is one of the common problem most people encounter when trying to access their Gmail account. However, Google have made it easy for you to recover your password in this situation. To recover your password, simply click on “Recover Password” and answer few security questions to recover your password.
Logging Out Of Your Gmail Account Securely
It is important that you securely log out after using your account especially if you log in through public computer or you are using a computer that is not yours. This is to prevent others using the computer from accessing your gmail account.
To securely log out of your gmail account
1. If you are still log on your Gmail email interface, find your profile picture at the top right corner of your page. Click on this picture or the round cycle in the place of the picture (if you don’t have your picture yet). This will open a dropdown menu that allows you to log out and other options for managing your gmail account.
2. Click on “Sign Out” from the dropdown and you will be redirected back to Gmail log in page.
Note: If you are not using your personal computer, don’t allow your browser to automatically save your password.
Why Use Gmail?
Below are some of the best features that come with using Gmail;
- Free 15GB to store all your data
- Receive notifications on your mobile when you have new email
- Easily search for old emails
- Easily undo emails you mistakenly send to wrong person
- Star your important emails
- Multiple inboxes
- Easy log in and log out