Accessing Gmail

When you first started the Android phone and signed into it using a Google account, you were asked to enter a username and password. If you're a Gmail user, your username and password were probably the same as your Gmail account username and password. Accessing Gmail thus is as easy as opening the applications menu and touching the Gmail icon, shown in Figure 6.1.

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Select the Gmail icon to open your Gmail account.

If you created a Google account but didn't create a Gmail account, you can quickly and easily set one up. These steps walk you through it:

You can create a Gmail account from either your phone or your desktop or laptop computer. If your desktop or laptop computer is handy, we recommend using it because you can more easily enter the requested information using a keyboard and mouse than using the slide-out keyboard of the Android phone. Also, the account-creation page doesn't scale well on the Android phone, making it more difficult to move through the form.

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1. Open your browser and go to www.gmail.com.

2. Click the Sign Up for Gmail link on the right side of the page. The account-creation page loads.

3. Enter your name, the login name you want to use, a password, a security question and answer, and a secondary email (this is optional) into the form provided (see Figure 6.2). A security verification and terms of service acknowledgment are also required.

FIGURE 6.2

Provide the requested information to create a Gmail account that you can access with your G1.

4. Click Continue. A new page loads and shows some of the basic information you need to know about your account.

5. After you've read the information, click I'm Ready—Show Me My Account. Your Gmail account page loads and you're automatically signed in (see Figure 6.3).

After you've created your Gmail account, you can log into it with your Android-based device by touching the Gmail icon from the applications

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The first time you log into your Gmail account, you'll see a Welcome message from the Gmail team and your basic account controls.

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The first time you log into your Gmail account, you'll see a Welcome message from the Gmail team and your basic account controls.

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