Want to create a Microsoft account with Gmail, but don’t know where to start? We’ve got you covered. You can get started with a new account in just a few quick steps.
This article will walk you through the process.
Create a Microsoft account with a Gmail address
You need a Microsoft account to sign in to Microsoft services such as Outlook.com, OneDrive, Windows Phone, and Xbox Live. You also need one if you want to sign in to third-party applications that use a Microsoft account for authentication.
A Microsoft account also gives you access to additional features, such as managing your settings and preferences across devices, recovering your account if you forget your password, and two-step verification for added security.
Plus, a Microsoft account lets you sync your settings and files across devices, making it easier to switch between devices or pick up where you left off. If you have a Skype account, you can link it to your Microsoft account to make it even easier to stay in touch with family and friends.
But can you use Gmail to create a Microsoft account? The answer is yes.
While Microsoft prefers an Outlook or Hotmail email account when users sign up for various services, the company also accepts accounts from other email service providers, including Gmail.
Create a Microsoft account with Gmail on a new computer
When you reinstall Windows or set up your computer for the first time, you will be prompted to create a Microsoft account. If you already have a Gmail account, you can use that to create your Microsoft account.
Here’s how to do it:
- On the “Sign in with Microsoft” screen, enter your Gmail address, then click “Create Account.”
- A new interface will now open asking you to set the password you want to use to access your computer and the official Microsoft website. Type the password and press Enter.
- Follow the rest of the on-screen instructions to complete setting up your computer.
And that’s it! After you successfully set up your computer, you can use your new account on all subsequent sign-ups and purchases from the Microsoft Store
Create a Microsoft account with Gmail on an existing computer
Many Windows users are not aware that they can sign in to a new device with a local account. With a local account, essentially a username and password, you can only log in to the device itself. This can be useful if you don’t want to connect your device to the Internet or share personal information with Microsoft.
However, a local account means you can’t link Microsoft services like Outlook.com, OneDrive, and Skype, nor can you recover your password remotely.
Fortunately, Windows allows you to open a Microsoft account if you used a local account during the initial setup.
- Click the Windows icon in the lower left corner to open the Start menu.
- Scroll through the Start menu and click “Settings.”
- Select “Accounts” from the Settings menu.
- Select “Your Info” from the navigation menu on the left side of the screen.
- Click the “Sign in with a Microsoft account instead” link. This should open the login page.
- Click the ‘Create one’ link next to ‘No account?’
- On the next screen, enter your Gmail address and create a password.
- Choose your country from the drop-down list and click “Next”.
Important: At this point, avoid clicking the “Get a new email address” link, as the system will exit the mission and create an outlook.com email address instead.
- On the next screen, Windows will display a “what’s the most relevant section” where you need to check the options you want (or uncheck the ones you don’t like). Then click on “Next”.
- Your new Microsoft account will be created and a verification code will be sent to your Gmail account. Copy and paste the code and click “Next”.
- Complete the process by setting up a security pin. You can also choose to skip this step.
Create a Microsoft account with Gmail on the web
You can also create a Microsoft account with Gmail directly on the Microsoft website:
- Go to the Microsoft sign-in page.
- Click the “Create One” link.
- Enter your Gmail address and tap Next.
- Enter the password you want to use with your account and click “Next”.
- Enter your first and last name and click “Next”.
- Enter your date of birth in the field provided, choose your country from the drop-down list and click “Next”.
- Review the Microsoft Service Agreement and Privacy Statement on the next screen, then click “Create Account”.
After completing the process, you will be taken to the account settings page, where you can edit your personal information or take steps to improve the security of your account, such as changing your password.
Enjoy the best of both worlds
When you use your Gmail account to access Microsoft services, you can enjoy the best of both worlds.
On the one hand, you open up access to a wide range of technical products, courtesy of one of the most successful companies. Conversely, Gmail guarantees secure and reliable access to important information. Have you tried creating a Microsoft account with Gmail? How was the experience? Let us know in the comments.