This guide will be setting up an email address with Gmail also known as ‘Google Mail’.
We've chosen Gmail because it is one of the most popular free email services and has great online help. There are also plenty of others you can get for free including Outlook.com provided by Microsoft.
Creating and using an email account is one of the essentials of utilising the internet. An email account is a unique to you and you only, like a mobile phone number. If people know your email address they’ll be able to contact you.
Email accounts also include online data storage, which you can use to store important files and documents.
Setting up an email address will also enable you to sign up for other types of services online that require an email address – like social media and online shopping.