How do I get a free email account?

“If you’re not paying for it, then you are the product”

Technically, there is no such thing as a free email account. Email accounts must be paid for somehow, either by advertising or collecting your data. But having said that, free email addresses are very useful.

You may wish to have a back up email account, just in case something happens to your main email account, or you may wish to have an email account independent of your broadband (ISP) provider.

Free to use


provided by Google. Gmail offers a mail import from other email. To sign up for Gmail you will need to create a Google account


provided by Microsoft. You will need to create a Microsoft account.


provided by Apple, great for Apple fans. You will need to create an Apple ID

Free (with lots of adverts) but with a paid for version (No Ads)

Yahoo Mail (Ad free – £26.99 a year)



Further reading

How long do free email providers keep your account alive?