How to Make a New Email Account for Free

By Andrew Smith

Email accounts allow you to keep in touch with family members, friends and other individuals in your life. You may also be required to set up an email account for business purposes if your work does not offer a free email service for employees. Having an email account allows you to receive and send files, such as word processing documents, to other individuals that also have email accounts. It costs nothing to create or use email accounts via the three email services listed below.

Gmail

Step 1

Visit the Gmail "Create an Account" Web page.

Step 2

Type your first and last name inside the two name boxes at the top of the two "Name" text boxes inside the "Get Start With Gmail" box. Then, enter the account name you want inside the "Desired Login Name" box. The name must be six to 30 characters long. Click "Check Availability" to make sure the name is available. Change the login name, if necessary.

Step 3

Enter your Gmail password inside the two "Password" text boxes. The password must be at least eight characters long.

Step 4

Click the "Security Question" menu. Select one of the listed questions. Then, type in an answer for that question in the box below.

Step 5

Type in another email address you use inside the "Recovery Email" box. This secondary email address can be utilized to recover your Gmail account if you have forgotten your Gmail password. This step is optional.

Step 6

Enter your birthday inside the "Birthday" text box. Then, enter the "CAPTCHA" code listed on the page inside of the "Word Verification" text box.

Step 7

Click "I Accept. Create My Account." The free Gmail account is created.

Yahoo

Step 1

Go to the Yahoo Account sign-up Web page.

Step 2

Enter your personal information inside the top five boxes on the Web page.

Step 3

Type in the desired Yahoo email account inside the "Yahoo! ID and Email" text box. Then, type the password you'd like to use with the Yahoo account inside the "Password" and "Re-type Password" text boxes. The password must be between six and 32 characters long.

Step 4

Choose two security questions inside of the "Secret Question" menus near the bottom of the page. Then, type in answers for those questions inside of the boxes found beneath the questions.

Step 5

Enter the "CAPTCHA" code that's listed on the page inside of the "Type the code shown" box. Match the code exactly or else you cannot create the account. Click "Create My Account." The free Yahoo email account is created.

AOL

Step 1

Visit the AOL email sign-up Web page. Enter your first and last name inside the two "Name" text boxes. Then, type in the AOL email name you want to use inside the "Desired Username" text box. Click "Check Availability." Change your entered AOL email name if the name you first typed in is not available.

Step 2

Type in a password for the AOL email account inside the two "Password" boxes. The passwords must be six to 16 characters long.

Step 3

Click the "Set a Security Question" menu. Choose a question, and then enter the answer for that question underneath the "Question" menu.

Step 4

Type your ZIP code inside the "Zip or Postal Code" text box. Enter your birth date inside of the three "Date of Birth" menus. Click the appropriate "Gender" option to the right of "Gender."

Step 5

Enter the "CAPTCHA" code listed at the bottom of the page inside of the "Type the code above" text box. Click "Submit" to create the free email account.

Tips & Warnings

  • Entering your actual first and last name is not necessary on any of these websites. Initials or fake names can be used if you wish to create an anonymous email account.
  • You must be 13 years of age or older in order to create a free email account using the three services listed.