How to Use a Sign in a Gmail Address


Gmail is a convenient way to stay in touch with friends and family, often on a daily basis. To create a unique email address, you may want to include more than letters alone. Special signs may be helpful in creating a unique email address, but Gmail restricts the use of signs. If you try to create an account with special signs other than periods, you will receive the following message: "Sorry, only letters (a-z), numbers (0-9), and periods (.) are allowed." However, you can still use periods, numbers and letter combinations to make your Gmail account unique.

  • Open an Internet browser on your computer or Web-enabled mobile device.

  • Navigate to the Gmail "Create An Account" page.

  • Complete the required information under the "Get Started With Gmail" headline. This information includes your real name, your desired login name, a password, country you live in and your birthday.

  • Enter any of the following when creating your Gmail address: Letters (a-z), numbers (0-9), and periods (.) The period is the only sign that Gmail allows -- no other special characters or signs like dollar signs ($) or number signs (#) are allowed.

  • Select and answer the security question. You must answer one of the listed questions, which include "What was the name of your first-grade teacher?" for account security reasons. If your account information is lost or compromised in the future this question will help you prove your identity and recover your account.

  • Read the Google "Terms of Service," and click the "I Accept. Create My Account" button underneath it to agree to the terms and conditions of using your Gmail account. Your Gmail account has now been created.

Tips & Warnings

  • Google requires that Gmail users log into their Gmail accounts with their entire Gmail address, including the "" portion, each time they access the account.
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