Google Products can be used without having to create a Google account. For E.g. You can search on Google, watch videos on YouTube without signing in to a Google account. However, if you want to get in to the sharing arena and interact with people you will need a Google account.
One key point to note here is that Google account can be created without having to create a Gmail address.
The Google account helps you do lot many things – search, share, chat, hangout, collaborate, create, connect, converse, schedule meetings, backup files, blog, etc. – all these without having to create a Gmail account.
The link to create a Google account without having to create a new Gmail address is:
If you notice, the URL itself says “Sign Up Without Gmail”.
If you are looking to create a Gmail, and along with a new Google account, you’ll need this link:
Below is the screen shot from both the screens to give you an idea of how it looks like:
If, after creating a Gmail address, you still prefer to use your existing email address for your Google account, you can do so by cancelling your Gmail address. However, deleting your address will not free up the username you created. Even after deleting the Gmail address, you won’t be able to use the same username again. (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Sign in to your Google account at accounts.google.com > Click on Data Tools > Click on Delete Products > Click Remove Gmail Permanently.
Be very cautious before you delete your Gmail account. Within a few weeks’ time the Gmail account will not be recoverable – how much ever Google helps you in recovery process – a maximum of only the username can be recovered.
Posted by +Arun Sarathy