There are so many people who believe that, in order to have access to the Google ecosystem, you need to create a Gmail account first. The main assumption is that you can’t access Google My Business and other tools without a Gmail address.
We’re here to say that you can create a Google account without Gmail signups (and we’ll teach you how – it’s really easy).
There are about 1.5 billion active Gmail users worldwide (as of 2019) but others still use different email providers like Yahoo!, Outlook and iCloud, just to name a few. For these non-Gmail users, it can be discouraging for them to switch from their longstanding email address to a new one just to use a set of tools. That’s why Google simplified the process to include non-Gmail addresses when creating a Google account.
What’s the Difference Anyway?
Many people think that a Gmail account is equivalent to having a Google account.
Well, they’re half right.
A Google Account provides access to various applications and tools within the Google ecosystem. These are Google My Business, Docs, Sheets, Slides, Meet, Chat and, yes, Gmail. While Gmail is a Google product, it isn’t required to have one when you want to create a Google account.
On the other hand, a Google Workspace (formerly G Suite) account is the paid version of a regular Google account and comes with more security and features. Businesses, nonprofits, educational facilities and government agencies usually use Workspace to collaborate with their colleagues and stakeholders. A manager or administrator will give you your own email address to access all of the features within Workspace. This is especially important for separating your personal and work-related correspondences.
Why Create a Google Account?
There’s a simple reason why you should create a Google Account: You’ll have access to a host of tools that will help you improve your business.
For example, with an account, you can easily sign in to all of these in different tabs without signing into different email addresses:
- Google My Business – helpful for business owners who want to claim or manage listings
- Google Analytics
- Google Search Console
- Google Ads
This is perfect for those who don’t want to manage another email and want to see all their notifications in one inbox.
4 Steps to Create a Google Account Without Gmail
To create a Google account without Gmail is just as easy as creating a Gmail account. Here are 4 easy steps:
(Just take note that if your company has a Google Workspace account already, your company email is automatically associated with Google.)
1. Go to the Google Account login page
Before creating an account, you need to go to the Google login page. Click ‘Create account‘ to proceed to the next step.
2. Register your existing email address
Before filling out the required details, click ‘Use my current email address instead’. The @gmail.com textbox will change to a blank box where you can add your non @gmail.com address. Take note that you’ll need to sign in to the email address you’re registering to confirm that it’s yours.
3. Fill out everything
It’s all straightforward from here. Type in your name and confirm your desired password and click ‘Next’. You’ll also need to answer the following in the succeeding pages:
- Mobile number (optional)
- Birthday (required)
- Gender Identity (required)
Read through the Privacy and Terms page and press ‘Agree’ at the end.
Once done, you’ll be directed to your Google account! It will look like any other dashboard that’s registered to a Gmail account. Remember though: You won’t have a Gmail account – but you do have access to other tools like Google Docs, Sheets, Slides, Calendar and, yes, even Google My Business.
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