Adding a Google Account to your Windows 10 Laptop or Desktop Computer

As with macOS, this tutorial assumes you're adding your Google account for the purposes of syncing with Microsoft's apps (e.g. Mail, Calendar etc.) - if you're using the Chrome web browser and want to be able to make better use of the security separation, we'll add another article specifically for that:

  • Windows 10 contains new default apps that are baked into the OS. Formerly referred to as modern or metro apps, the company is now calling them “Universal Apps” since they will work similarly on all devices running the new OS.
  • Launch the Mail app and click the gear icon in the lower-left corner, and go to Settings > Accounts.
  • Next, you’ll have the option to add an account, so click on "Add account".
  • You will see a list of the most popular email services from around the world. Click on Google.
  • You will then be shown a Google Sign-in screen asking for your Email or phone number. Enter your email address and choose the blue Next button below.
  • Next, you will be asked for your password. Enter this and choose the blue Next button below.
  • If you have Google Two-Factor Authentication enabled (if you aren't, you really should be using it), wait for your confirmation code and verify your account.
  • Accept the agreement of what the Mail app will need to access from your account.
  • You will soon have your Gmail account available in the Mail app. Your inbox will sync and you will be able to send/receive emails using your Gmail account.

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