Create a Google Account
You can sign up for a Google Account to use Gmail, Google+, YouTube, and other Google products.
You can set up a Google Account from the "Sign up" page. Or, on any Google sign-in page, select More options Create account.
Check if you already have a Google Account
If you've signed in to any Google product before (like Gmail, Maps, or YouTube), you already have a Google Account. You can use the same username and password you created for that product to sign in to any other Google products.
If you can't remember ever signing in and would like to check if you have an account, enter your email address. You'll see a message if there isn't a Google Account associated with your email address.
If you forgot your username or password, follow the steps to recover your account.
Check where email notifications are sent
If you signed up for Gmail with your Google Account, we’ll send all account-related notification emails to your Gmail address.
To change where you get notifications, edit your contact email.
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