This article will deal with changing your email address to Gmail. It will cover creating a new email account with Google email - known as Gmail - accessing emails sent to your new Google email account from an email client, and importing emails from an existing email address. Gmail is an email server supplied by Google: it has much space, less spam and mobile access.
Creating a new email account
Creation of user name
To create an email account with Gmail, simply type Gmail into Google or Google email into any search engine. Click on the link to Gmail and then, click the 'create an account' button. Next, you must enter your name and choose your email user name (the bit before the @ symbol). For example: email@example.com.
Password, security question and the terms of service
The 'check availability' button will tell you if the name you have chosen is available and offer you alternatives if it is not (it must be unique). Next, decide on a password and security question, then read and accept the 'Terms of Service'. If you have an existing email account with another provider then you may enter this in 'recovery email' in case there is ever a problem with your account, such as forgetting a password.
Forwarding emails to your new account and setting up a POP system.
Once you have created your account, you can sign in from the Google email login. Here, you can customise your account details.
Importing contacts and messages
You can import your messages and contacts from an existing email address. Your email address should be at the top right hand corner of the screen. Next to it, is a cog symbol. Click the cog and choose 'mail settings' from the drop-down menu, then choose the 'accounts and import' tab.
Under 'import mail and contacts' click 'import from another email address' and type in your old/existing address and password. If you would like to access your emails from an email client on your desktop such as 'Outlook express' or 'Apple Mail' then, you can set this up from your Gmail account.
Setting up the POP
Follow the steps as before, but this time choose the 'forwarding and POP/IMAP' tab. Choose 'enable POP for all mail' and click 'configure your email client'. A list of mail clients will appear such as 'Outlook Express' and 'Thunderbird'. If your email client is not there, click 'other' to see if it is in this list. If it is, then follow the instructions to set up a one-way download of your emails to your mail client program. If your mail client is not in the list, then unfortunately it is not supported by Gmail.