I’ve been trying for hours and its really frustrating. Why is it so hard to get email? Could you tell me an easier way please?
I am often asked this question. Quick answer: Getting an email address is not hard at all! All you have to do is fill an online form, agree to the terms and conditions and that’s it!
However, what makes it hard is getting a username of choice. But that’s also something one can work out with a little creativity.
There are tens of web services offering free email accounts and their requirements are minimal. As long as you are an adult (some service do not allow minors to create an email account), you are good to go. The process is also extremely simple. You need to fill an online form in which you may be asked some personal information. Unless you are paranoid about privacy, this should not be a problem. In fact, these personal details are required for regaining access to the account in case you lose the password.
Anyway, the hardest part in getting an email address for most people is finding a good username. You see, popular email services live Gmail, Yahoo!, Hotmail etc. have millions upon millions of subscribers. It is but natural that useful usernames would have already been taken by others. People with common names are the worst sufferers. For them, it is virtually impossible to get a username of their name without adding digits (such as their year of birth).
But all is not lost. I’ve written a detailed post on how to get a good username if all your chosen ones are unavailable. It offers tips and ideas on picking up a catchy username.
Note: Popular email services offer paid subscriptions too but that will not help you getting that elusive username. And on similar lines, the option of creating your own email address on a domain name will work ONLY if the name is available.
The other hard part in getting to an email account is forgetting the login information. You need to understand that the password is like a key that opens your account. Most services let users reset the password, but for that you need to prove that the account belongs to you. This can be done in several ways – answering the account security questions, confirming the date of birth, alternate e-mail address, the mobile phone number or any combination of these. And that is why your personal information should be correct and up-to-date at the email service provider.
A password can also be reset through an alternate email address or a mobile phone number ONLY when these are available to the service. This means you should have provided this information either at the time of account creation or at a later date. Also, passwords are not sent directly to the mobile number or the alternate email address. The email service provider generally sends only the instructions on resetting the login information or a security code.
End note: Getting an email is not hard at all. What may take time or cause a little frustration is getting a good username. Also, remember to keep the password safe – refer tips on how to make strong passwords. And please keep your information on the account such as mobile number, alternate email address, security questions and answers up-to-date on all accounts.
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