Last updated on October 30, 2020
Guide Index

Quick introduction

Gmail is the free email service from Google. It is used by over 1.5 billion people and comes pre-installed on most Android mobile phones and tablets. If you have an Android device, you will normally need a Gmail address in order to use it effectively. You can also use Gmail on Apple devices, laptops and desktop computers.

Gmail apps are available for the following devices.

What do you need to use Gmail?

  1. You will need a smartphone, tablet or computer with access to the internet.
  2. Download the corresponding app for your device. Gmail is available on Android phones and tablets, as well as iPhones and iPads. You can also access it on computers using a standard web browser.
  3. You will need a Gmail account.
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Use the links below if you need to create a Gmail account or if you are unsure how to install an app on your Android device.

Using the guide

The following pages introduce you to using the Gmail app on Android devices; using the app on iPhones and iPads will be very similar. It is broken down into chapters to let you dip in and out. You can skip any chapters that do not interest you.

You will find links to previous and next chapters at the bottom of each page. There is also a ‘Guide Index’ below the page heading. If you tap on this you will see all the chapters in the guide.

You can read through the guidance online or download the printable versions of the pages you need to view at your leisure.