Whether you’re using a mobile device—Android or iOS—or a desktop computer, creating a second Gmail address isn’t far off from being one of the easiest tasks to perform. Fill in a few blank fields here and there, toss in your phone number, and you have yourself a Gmail account.
You aren’t convinced? Why don’t you take a look yourself. Here’s how you set up a second Gmail address.
Setting Up Second Gmail Address on Windows and Mac
Not only is creating a second Gmail address easy, you can freely move between several different accounts with just a click of a button, and they can all be intertwined in one small box.
1. Start by logging into your Gmail account. In the top right corner, you’ll see your profile picutre, go ahead and click on it. A drop down menu will be revealed. Click Add Another Account.
2. In the bottom left corner, click Create Account.
3. Punch in your First Name, your Last Name, a username and password.
4. Provide your phone number. You won’t be able to move forward without one.
5. Use the drop down menu to specify your birthday and gender.
6. Read Google’s Privacy and Terms. If you agree with them, click I agree.
Setting Up Second Gmail Address on Android
Due to Android being integrated with Google relatively closely, you can get the process of creating a second Gmail address up and running from your Settings application.
1. Start by opening your Settings application. It’s the icon that resembles a gear.
2. Now, in your Settings menu, scroll down until you come across Accounts. When you do, tap on it.
3. At the bottom, choose Add Account. When prompted to choose a platform, pick Google. In doing so, the Gmail sign-in page will launch.
4. In the bottom left corner, tap Create Account.
5. Start with your first name and last name. Afterwards, tap Next to continue.
6. Your next step is to provide your birthday—day, month, and year—and your gender. Do keep in mind that creating a Gmal account, you’re also creating a YouTube account. The age you set this Gmail account to will determine whether or not age-restricted content can be viewed. Tap Next to continue.
7. Now it’s time to create a username, which is also your email address that you share with others. You have no choice but to make it unique. If a username is already taken, try a different variation or a completely new one. Tap Next to continue.
8. Create a password. This isn’t to be taken lightly or made easy. Your Gmail address can be a link to a lot of personal information. And seven hells do NOT use personal information as a password. Tap Next to Continue.
9. The next step is to provide a phone number. This is entirely optional. You can tap Skip to do it later, but adding a phone number can give you a Plan B if you forget your account information.
10. Finally, you can make changes to the way Google collects or uses data. When you’re done, tap I agree.
Setting Up Second Gmail Address on iOS
Google isn’t glued to Android’s hip; iOS can take advantage of it, too. However, unlike Android, iOS does not have a way of creating additional accounts from its Settings app. You can do it from the Gmail app.
1. Launch the Gmail application. Its app icon is a white envelope with red trim in the shape of an ‘M’. If you aren’t signed in, do so.
2. In the top left corner, tap on the ‘hamburger’ menu icon—the three horizontal lines. In doing so, a panel will open on the left hand side.
3. At the top of the panel, to the right of your name, click the small arrow. Choose Manage Accounts.
4. Now choose Add Account. When prompted to choose the platform, select Google. Gmail will now open to follow through.
5. Tap Create Account in the lower left corner.
6. Provide your first and last name. Tap Next to continue onto the next step.
7. Provide your birthday—the day, month, and year—and then specify your gender. Tap Next to move on.
8. When creating a Gmail address, simplicity is key, but also uniqueness. If a username is already taken, Gmail will let you know. Don’t use any personal information.
9. Create a password. Make it difficult to break. Use letters, numbers, uppercase and lowercase. However, above all else, do NOT use personal information as a password.
10. Google will ask to link a phone number, but it isn’t necessary. You can reset your password if you link a phone number.
11. Finally, you can make changes to the way Google collects or uses data. When you’re done, tap I agree.