Windows 10 Microsoft account with a Gmail addressSource: Windows Central

On Windows 10, when setting up a device for the first time or adding a new user, creating a new account forces you to use a Microsoft account using an Outlook.com email address. However, if you use another provider, such as Google's Gmail, you can use that email address to set up the account.

Using another email provider, you can still access many of the same benefits people receive with a Microsoft account, such as settings sync and some Microsoft services.

If you must create a new account on Windows 10, but you want to keep using your familiar email address, the Settings app and Windows Setup experience can help you create a new account with any email address.

In this Windows 10 guide, we'll walk you through the steps to set up a new account on your computer using a Gmail address instead of a Microsoft account.

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How to create Windows 10 account with Gmail address using Settings

To create an account on Windows 10 using a Gmail email address, use these steps:

  1. Open Settings.
  2. Click on Accounts.
  3. Click on Family & other people.
  4. Under the "Other users" section, click the Add someone else to this PC option.

    Add someone else to this PC optionSource: Windows Central

  5. Click the I don't have this person's sign-in information option.

    I don't have this person's sign-in information optionSource: Windows Central

  6. Confirm your Gmail email address.

    Create Microsoft account with Gmail addressSource: Windows Central

  7. Confirm a new strong password. (For security reasons, you don't want to use the same Gmail address password.)
  8. Confirm your personal information.

    Microsoft account personal informationSource: Windows Central

  9. Select your region and birthday information.

    Microsoft account region and birthdaySource: Windows Central

  10. Click the Next button.
  11. Confirm the verification code sent to the original email address that you specified.

    Microsoft account verification codeSource: Windows Central

  12. (Optional) Clear the I would like information, tips, and offers about Microsoft products and services option.
  13. Click the Next button.

Once you complete the steps, you can start using the computer with an account using an email address other than Outlook.

When using these steps, you're creating a Microsoft account using, in this case, a Google address, but this won't interrupt any of the Google services associated with your account.

After the account has been created, the device settings will sync across devices using the same account. In addition, you'll have access to other Microsoft services, including OneDrive and Office online, but as expected, Outlook.com won't be configured.

How to create Windows 10 account with Gmail account during OOBE

If you want to create an account using any email address during the out-of-box experience (OOBE), then use these steps:

  1. Select your region.
  2. Click the Yes button.

    OOBE regionSource: Windows Central

  3. Select your keyboard layout.

    OOBE keyboard layoutSource: Windows Central

  4. Click the Yes button.
  5. Click the Skip button.
  6. Select the Set up for personal use option.

    Windows 10 personal use setupSource: Windows Central

  7. Click the Next button.
  8. Click the Create account option.

    Windows 10 OOBE create account optionSource: Windows Central

  9. Confirm your email address.

    Microsoft account different email address Source: Windows Central

  10. Click the Next button.
  11. Confirm your email password.

    Create Microsoft account password during OOBESource: Windows Central

  12. (Optional) Clear the I would like information, tips, and offers about Microsoft products and services option.
  13. Click the Next button.
  14. Confirm your region and birthday.

    Microsoft account region and birthday informationSource: Windows Central

  15. Click the Next button.
  16. Continue with on-screen directions.

After you complete the steps, the account with your preferred email address will be created.

If you need assistance performing a clean install of Windows 10 or completing the out-of-box experience, use these instructions.

We're focusing this guide using Google's Gmail account, but you can use these steps with any email service, such as Yahoo, Zoho, ProtonMail, etc.

More Windows 10 resources

For more helpful articles, coverage, and answers to common questions about Windows 10, visit the following resources: