One of the most used means of communication today is an email address. This channel of communication is not only cheap and fast but also allows us to share and store thousands of documents digitally. Furthermore, one’s email address is often used to verify one’s identity when registering to use other digital platforms and Apps. It is therefore very important for everyone to have an email address.

Creating an email is simple and free:

  1. Using your computer or smartphone, go to www.gmail.com. You will be led to a page with information about Gmail.

  2. Click on create an account after which you will be led to the account creation section.

  3. Proceed to enter your first and last name. In this case, my name could be; Jane Muhawee

  4. Go ahead to then create your Gmail username. In the "Username" text box, type in the username you want to use for your email address. This is the name that appears before the "@gmail.com" section of the address. For example, it could be your name, janemuhawe@gmail.com


    If your selected username is already taken, you'll be asked to choose a different one. Please do so if you are requested.

  5. Type your preferred password into the "Password" text box, then type the same password into the "Confirm password". These passwords must match before you can proceed.

    To ensure your password is safe and cannot easily be hacked, use 8 or more characters with a mix of letters, numbers & symbols. Furthermore, ensure you do not share your password with anyone as you could become a victim of identity theft where another person could commit a crime or send a communication using your identity.

  6. Click next at the bottom of the page.


  7. Next, enter your phone number. We will explain how to verify your phone number further down in this article.


  8. Next, you will see a form to enter some of your personal information. Add your date of birth. Click the "Month" drop-down box and select the month of your birthday, then type the day and year into the "Day" and "Year" text boxes, respectively.

  9. Select a gender. To do this, click the "Gender" drop-down box, then select one of the gender options in the resulting drop-down menu. Once you have done this, click next.


  10. Review Google's Terms of Service and Privacy Policy, then click I agree.


    Congratulations, you have successfully created your Gmail account!

When you first create your account, you will be automatically signed in. Most of the time, however, you'll need to sign in to your account and sign out when you're done using it. Signing out is especially important if you are using a shared computer because it prevents others from viewing your emails.


Create your first email, schedule it and make drafts:

  1. To sign in, Go to www.gmail.com.


  2. Enter your user name (the email address you created) and password, then click Next. Click not now.

  3. Click + Compose. In the upper-left side of your Gmail inbox. Doing so opens a "New Message" window in the lower-right corner of the page.

  4. Click the "To" text box here, then type in the email address of the person to whom you want to send your email.

    To add multiple email addresses, type in the first email address, press Tab ↹, (or comma), and repeat with the other email addresses.

    If you want to Cc someone, put the email address(es) there if you are sending a copy of the email message information, and you want everyone to explicitly see to who you have sent a copy of the email to.

    If you want to Bcc someone, put the email address there if you are sending them a Copy and you do not want the other recipients to see that you sent it to this contact.

  5. To add a subject, click the "Subject" text field, then type in whatever you want the subject of the email to be. An email subject describes the content of the email in a few words.

  6. To enter your email message go to the large text box below the "Subject" text box, type in whatever you want for your email message.

  7. Attach a file if you like. To add a file from your computer, click the "Attachments" icon and proceed to add your file.

  8. Proceed to then click send, to send your message.


  9. To view your sent message and confirm that it has been sent, go to the Gmail sidebar in your Sent section. You can then view your last sent email and all your previously sent emails.

  10. With Gmail, you can also schedule your emails and send them at a time that is more convenient for you. To do this, compose an email as normal. At the bottom left, next to send, click the drop-down arrow. Click Scheule and Send.

    Proceed to choose the time you would like your email to be sent.

    To confirm that the email has been scheduled, go to the sidebar and click on the Scheduled section which will show you the scheduled emails. You can click on the email to double-check the time the email is to be sent.

  11. To add a draft of an email message, simply compose an email as normal without sending it. You can click X in the corner of the email. When you go to the Draft sections in the sidebar navigation, you will be able to see it again, keep editing, or sending the email out.

More about Gmail and your Google Account

  1. Gmail sorts your emails into categories based on who the email comes from, what content it has and how you will interact with it. You have 3 main inbox tabs:

    Social - Messages from social networks
    Promotions - Deals, offers, and newsletters
    Primary - Emails from people you know

  2. In the sidebar navigation, you also have

    Starred - Emails you have market important

    Snoozed - A Gmail feature that helps to remind you to follow up on emails
    Scheduled - Where your scheduled emails falls
    Draft - Where you can find your email drafts, and keep working on them before sending them out.

  3. In the top right corner, you can click to view your Gmail profile. If you want to make any settings or further customization of your Gmail account, click on the Gmail settings Icon.

  4. In case you need any further assistance from Google, you simply click the Help button and in the search box type your question, or look through the material that could answer your inquiry.

  5. Gmail also allows you to browse through various google apps that could be of benefit to you. Click on the dots in the corner and you would be able to see and explore various apps like Google Maps, Youtube, Google Calendar, Photos, Contacts, Notes, Podcasts and so much more.

  6. Gmail offers a lot more in regards to your Google account. Click on your Gmail account icon, to see more information. Proceed to click on the Personal Information section, to check that your personal information is correct. You can edit if you need to change anything.

  7. Under the Data & Personalisation section, Gmail allows you to further manage and personalize your data.

  8. In the Security section here is where you can make your account more secure.
    You can add your phone number or a second email, to help you recover your account should you by any chance forget your email address or password.

    Adding this information can also help to verify your identity, or assist you when you sign in to your account using another device.

    To add or update your recovery number, sign in to your email address again to edit or leave it as it. To verify if, Click verify now, and get the code. A verification code will be sent as an SMS message to the number. Add the code to verify the number. You can also add another email address to help you recover your account.

  9. Under the People and Sharing section, you can further view and group the people you interact with.

  10. The Payments and Subscription section is where you can view your payment information, transactions, reoccurring payments, and reservations.

  11. For more information about Google and the various services it provides, you can simply click on the About section and scroll through the page.



Now that you have created an email account, proceed to send your first email.

If you for some reason are not able or do not wish to create an account with GMAIL, you can create an email using other options below which are also provided at a free cost:

https://login.yahoo.com/

https://outlook.live.com/owa/

https://protonmail.com/signup

Thank you for taking the time to view this video, we hope it has been of great benefit to you. Please don't hesitate to reach out, should you have any questions or issues in regards to signing up to and using the Diwala platform with your email or phone.

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