Monday, September 4, 2017

Gmail sign in

Since computer technology was invented, the development of other technologies went very fast as well. That is possible because things that were conventionally done manually have been digitalized and computerized over the last two decades. This specifically affects telecommunication and its manners. While we had mails that are brought to our mailbox by mailmen and telephones that could not be taken anywhere further than the length of their cords in the past, now we have electronic mail, text messages, instant messengers, and some other modern ways of telecommunicating.


Electronic mail, or e-mail, is one of the first digital telecommunicating systems that began to become popular in the early 90’s. It was and is still the most used means of modern telecommunication for it can contain a large number of characters and can be attached with multimedia files with a certain limit on their size. Today, there are many e-mail service providers available on the internet. A few of them that are widely used, for example, are Yahoo! Mail, Gmail, Hotmail, and AOL. In a nutshell, all of them provide the same basic purpose, which is to enable people worldwide to communicate with each other through e-mail. What differs each of them is the features that they have.

Gmail, the e-mail service provided by search engine giant Google, has been serving its users since 2007 and is currently an e-mail client provider with the most users worldwide since 2012 with approximately 900 million accounts. It is famous not because it is Google’s product, but because of its convenient features that other e-mail service providers do not have. If you happen to be someone interested to experience Gmail’s service, it does not take a long time to set up your account and explore its features.

How to sign in to Gmail


If it happens that you are new to Gmail, then most likely you never have a Google account before. Today, Google services are tied with a single, universal account; therefore you will be automatically able to access other products from Google once you register to Gmail. Gmail sign inprocess is simple and will not take more than ten minutes. In case you do not know Gmail’s website address, type mail.google.com or www.gmail.com on the address bar in your browser and let it take you to the website.
                  When you arrive in Gmail’s homepage, you will see a blue button on the top right corner of the page which has “create an account” text on it. In order to create an account, kindly click that button and it will take you to a new page. In this page, Gmail sign in form is shown on the right side and what you need to do is just inputting information that Gmail needs to make your account.

First, you will need to provide your full name, followed by a username that you have decided for your email address and a password. Similar to lots of other websites, you need to double-enter your password. What are required next is your birthday date, gender, mobile number, and another email address if you have any. Your mobile number here is not only for formality; it is required for Gmail’s two steps verification. It is one of Gmail’s privacy policies where users need to input certain random code that will be sent to their mobile number after they log in using username and password. After that, you only need to insert a captcha code to verify that you are not a program and choose the country where you live. After you’ve done to input everything in, just hit the ‘next step’ button on the bottom of the form and another page will appear. Gmail will then ask you to provide a profile picture for your identification, but this is optional and can always be done in the meantime.

If you happen to be a company owner and wanting to make a personalized e-mail address for your employees, Gmail is ready to serve you. To start, you just need to choose the ‘for work’ menu on the top menu bar in Gmail’s homepage. What you need to do next is just providing your company’s name, the desired e-mail domain (like @company.com), and the amount of employee that you are hiring at the moment. After that, the process is done and you can just inform your employees (or new employees) to register to the e-mail domain that you have created with Gmail sign in.

Benefits of a Gmail sign in
Gmail: Customizing your account

Setting up a Gmail sign in account is that easy. After uploading a picture of yourself, there will be a notification telling you that your account has successfully been created. After it is done, what might be the first question that appears in your mind is you can customize the interface of your Gmail sign in inbox or not. It is absolutely possible since you are able to personalize it by changing the theme. To configure your inbox’s theme, click the settings button below your profile picture on the right top corner, which is depicted with a gear icon. Gmail sign in already has a pack of theme presets, so you can choose from them. If not, there are also custom themes that are made by other Gmail users. If it still does not appease you, then you can always upload a picture to be the background of your inbox. Now that your account is all set, it is the time to look around and explore Gmail’s features and their function.

Gmail: Perfectly organized layout

Gmail’s basic layout looks very similar with Google’s search engine, with a noticeable search bar on the middle top of the page. The search query can be more specific if you expand it by clicking the little arrow on the right end of the bar. The expanded search criteria include senders, recipients, mail subjects, the existence or absence of certain words or attachments, specific mail size, and a specific date. Another revolutionary feature that can be noticed easily is the inbox tabs. Gmail invented the tabs in order to improve the organization of your inbox by grouping them. There are five tabs, which are primary, social, promotions, updates, and forums. The primary tab basically contains incoming messages from personal e-mail accounts or corporate e-mails while other types of e-mails come into the other tabs.

You must be aware that the list on the left side of your mail list is your mail folders. There are your inbox, outbox, draft, trash, and so on. If you expand it, however, you will see that there is what is called ‘labels’. These labels are folders that are customizable and intended to give you the ability of organizing your mails more specifically. The default label presets that Gmail has already given are personal, work, and travel; but you can always add more label. In addition to the usual email folders, there is also a folder for your Google+ circles, if you are active in it.

Below the mail folders list, there is a feature which might be similar to that of Yahoo! or Windows Live messenger. As you can see, Gmail has a chat box integrated on its inbox; something which is, again, cannot be found in other e-mail client services. This chat box makes you able to converse with all of the Gmail users that you have been sending e-mail(s) to. At the same time, this Gmail offers to exchange this chat box with Hangouts chat platform. If you do so, you will be able to make audio calls, or even video calls. What is different between Hangouts chat and the traditional Gmail chat is that you are restricted to only talk with those who are already in your Google+ circles or you have added into your Google contacts. As an addition, Hangouts video call in a personal Gmail account can accommodate up to ten users at the same time, while work accounts can hold up to fifteen users. Of course, this is related to its function as a workplace communication service.

Gmail: Integration with other Google services

As already mentioned before, Gmail sign in is also tied to other Google services since Google uses one account to access all of its utilities. This gives a whole new experience and ease in managing the important things that matters to you. When you accept e-mails that have attachments on it, there are interesting and useful actions that can be done because of Google Drive and Docs integration. You can either save the attachment(s) to your Drive storage, or edit documents-type file attachments like Microsoft Office Word, Powerpoint, and Excel in Google Docs.

Recently Gmail integrates Google Calendar to its service. When there is a text that Gmail’s system recognizes as a date, you will see that the particular text it underlined with grey dots. If you click it, Gmail will automatically create a reminder on your Calendar on the specific date, then you can edit the details of the reminder. Google’s new service, Inbox, is also a great addition to Gmail. It combines Gmail’s full function, Google Calendar, Keep, and Hangouts. One can say that Inbox is a new, optimized Google organizer utilities combined in a single website.

Inbox’s layout is somewhat different than Gmail, although it still retains the mail folders on the left side of the page. Its layout merges e-mails, Calendar and Keep reminders, and flight times which it extracts from your e-mails, in a timeline layout. This way, you can keep track anything that is important for your daily activities. Not only that you can snooze your reminders, but also any kinds of incoming mails to notify you to read it later. Another fun feature from Inbox is that you can see all attachments without opening the e-mail threads.

Lastly, since Gmail is integrated with Google Drive, it also shares Drive’s storage space. After signing in to Google, all users are accommodated with 15 gigabytes storage for free. If you do not really use your Drive storage for storing files, 15 gigabytes will already able to store a very large number of both incoming and outcoming mails. If you do, however, there are some storage size choices which can be bought. The storage option is expandable up to 30 terabytes; thus you should not worry to lack a space for your important mails.

Gmail: Other features

Back in the past, sometimes we received mails from people we do not know, or companies we never have any relation with. It also happens today, when almost every mail is sent through e-mail. Of course you can report certain mails as a spam; and this feature is absolutely available in other e-mail client providers. However, when you report a spam, Gmail’s system does not just block similar mails for you in the future, but also do so to all other Gmail users.
 
Gmail also care for the security of its users’ account. That is why Gmail sign in implements only the best security method in its e-mailing experience. As already mentioned before, logging in to Gmail needs two steps of verification; the first one is using username and password, and the second one is using a verification code that is sent to your mobile number. Apart from that, Gmail also prevents viruses to infect its users’ device by scanning every mail and attachments when a user is going to open a mail. If it has a virus, Gmail will clean it upon the process of opening the mail. Gmail sign in will also lock accounts that attempt to download or receive a large number of mails in one time for 24 hours.
 
Lastly, sign in offers its users to participate and contribute their feedback on its experimental features and services as a part of their improvement and development program, called Gmail Labs. In this feature, we can try Gmail’s utilities that are unofficially released yet and give our opinion about them. Many of these experimental utilities end up being released, such as the ‘unsend’ feature that was released recently, which enables users to abort their sent e-mails within 30 seconds after it is being sent.


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