How to open a free email account

Written by morgan o'connor
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How to open a free email account
Save money by having a free e-mail account. (John Foxx/Stockbyte/Getty Images)

When you consider opening a free e-mail account, you can choose from a wide variety including Gmail, Hotmail, Yahoo! Mail and more. With so many free e-mail options available, there is often little reason to go with a paid e-mail account instead. Each e-mail service has its own specific method of opening an account, and the details vary from provider to provider. The basic process, however, tends to be very similar.

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  1. 1

    Visit the website for the email provider of your choice. See Resources for top-rated sites.

  2. 2

    Click the button that starts the account creation process. This probably says "Sign Up," "Create an Account," "New Account" or something similar. This typically takes you to a page asking for personal details for your account.

  3. 3

    Provide all the required information. This generally includes your full name, your birth date or year, your desired username and a corresponding password, your country, and information to help you recover your password if you forget it.

  4. 4

    Scroll down to the bottom of the page when you are done entering this information. You will likely see a word verification section. Type the word or characters show into the box provided, and then click "I accept," "Create my account" or a similar button. This creates your free e-mail account.

Tips and warnings

  • The process for creating some free e-mail accounts may vary slightly from these instructions. The process is usually fairly straightforward, however, and the site should ask you for the information it needs.

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