Gmail address: How to change your email address

There are numerous scenarios when you may be required to change your Gmail address, from switching jobs, getting married and changing your name, to reflecting the new-look you. Whatever the reason, here is how to change your Gmail address and ensuring you do not lose any important data on the way.

How to create a new Gmail address:

Gmail developer Google does not allow its users to change your email address – you need to create a new one.

To create a new email address, you need to set up a new Gmail account:

Start the process by navigating to the Google Account creation page.

Enter your first and last name and choose your new username. This will be your new email address.

Next, choose and confirm a strong Gmail password, then click Next.

Now, select a phone number and recovery email address, then enter your date of birth and sex.

Finally, agree to the Google Terms of Service and Privacy Policy, and click Create Account.

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How to set up email forwarding with Gmail:

Once a new Gmail account has been created, you may wish to continue receiving emails sent to your old email address.

To do that, you will need to forward those emails to your new Gmail account.

Fortunately, it is straightforward to setup email forwarding with Gmail.

Start by navigating to Gmail, and sign in using your previous Google ID – the email account you wish to forward messages from.

Now click on the cog, found in the screen’s top right corner and then Settings.

Next, click the Forwarding and POP/IMAP option in Gmail’s settings.

Then, in the Forwarding section, click on Add a Forwarding Address.

Enter the email address to which you want to forward messages – the new Gmail address you recently set up.

Clicking Next, then Proceed and OK will mean you will then be sent a verification to that new address, so click on the verification link within the email.

Return to the Settings page in your old account, refresh your browser, and navigate to the Forwarding and POP/IMAP tab.

In the Forwarding section, select Forward a copy of incoming mail to – it is recommended you choose to keep a Gmail copy in the inbox.

To reverse this and cancel forwarding, go back into Settings and in the Forwarding and POP/IMAP tab, click Disable Forwarding.

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How to change your Send Email As name in Gmail:

Users have the option to change the name that appears in someone’s inbox when you send them an email via Gmail.

This means if you currently show as Tom in your recipients’ inbox, you may prefer Tom Fish to appear instead.

Start the process by navigating to Gmail and from the screen’s top right corner, click on the cog and then Settings.

Next click on the Accounts and Import tab and in the Send email as section, click on Edit Info.

Add the new name you want to show up when you send messages, then click Save changes at the bottom.

How to remove or add Dots in your Gmail email address:

As mentioned above, you usually have to create a new Gmail account in order to set up a new email address.

There is one exception, and that is if you want to tweak your email address slightly to remove any dots.

If your email address is tom.fish@gmail.com, but you want it to be tomfish@gmail.com, you don’t need to do anything.

Gmail understands them as the same address, so you can just start using the email address you prefer and your emails will reach your inbox.

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