Having a Google account allows you to access really useful tools and features.
- Why Google accounts?
- How do I get a Google account?
- Google Drive and Docs
- Useful links
1. Why Google accounts?
When you have a Google account, you have access to lots of useful features. These include:
Google Analytics – provides free data for your website, such as how many views a page has and where your users are coming to your site from. Read our separate guide on Google Analytics.
Google Drive – you can create and share documents online, allowing people to edit them at the same time and access them anywhere.
2. How do I get a Google account?
- Go to https://accounts.google.com/signup.
- Click the top right corner box that says Sign In.
- Select Add account or Create account.
When you fill in your account details, make sure you select I prefer to use my current email address, and enter your Age UK email address (you could also use a general Age UK email address for your organisation if you prefer, such as firstname.lastname@example.org).
Follow the instructions to finish creating and verifying your account.
Google Drive allows you to create and share documents online. To use your Google drive, sign in to Google, then click on the menu button and select Google drive (both ringed in red).
You can create Google docs in Google Drive. You can make shareable spreadsheets, similar to Excel, or documents similar to Word.
For more instructions on using Google Drive, see Google support on Google Drive.
4. Useful links