Multiple Email addresses with One gmail account!!


One of the time consuming issues around setting up the Evernote accounts as I have done it in the past is the need to create individual e-mail accounts for students. To have an Evernote account you need to have an email account and if a large group of students don’t have accounts (or you want to control them) it takes some time. The process below definitely is less time consuming and makes it possible to more easily access all the student e-mail accounts if there is a need.

Multiple Google Email Addresses – One Gmail Account

Google Gmail is a very slick, free email product. One Gmail feature that you may not be aware of is that multiple Google email addresses can be created from one Gmail account. These bonus email addresses are easy to create and manage and can take a few different forms.

Multiple Google Email Addresses from One Gmail Account

Having multiple Gmail addresses can provide a range of uses including easily separating personal and business email and tracking incoming email from specific subscriptions and mailing list. There are three main methods for expanding the number of usable Google email addresses that you can have from a single Gmail account:

Using the @googlemail.com domain.
Using the “dot” or period in your email name.
Using the plus sign “+” at the end of your name and adding extra characters.
Using the “@googlemail.com” Domain Name
Let’s start with the use of the @googlemail.com domain name. With every Gmail account you actually get a second email address – one is the regular @gmail.com address while the second address has @googlemail.com as the domain. So Gmail will actually see myname@gmail.com as the same as myname@googlemail.com. All email messages that are sent to myname@googlemail.com will be delivered to your

Using a Dot or Period in the Email name

Another interesting facet of Gmail addresses is what is sometimes referred to as “Dot Blindness”. In an interesting twist Gmail does not recognize dots, ”.”or periods as characters in Google email address user names. This means that Gmail “sees” my.name@gmail.com or myna.me@gmail.com as the same address as myname@gmail.com. You can also use multiple “dots” in the username such as my.na.me@gmail.com.

The same “dot blindness” also applies to email addresses using the @googlemail.com domain name with my.name@googlemail.com or my.na.me@googlemail.com being routed to the same Inbox as myname@gmail.com.

Using the Plus Sign and Additional Characters
The third trick for extending the use of your Gmail account is the ability to add extra characters to the end of your username by inserting a plus sign, “+” after your name. Google does not recognize these characters but Gmail search filters do. The characters after the plus sign can be either letters or numbers. So myname+abcde@gmail.com or myname+abcde@googlemail.com will end up in the same Inbox as myname@gmail.com.

Test these out for yourself and see what works best for you. All the variations below are from the same Google email account and will all end up in the myname@gmail.com Gmail Inbox:

myname@gmail.com

myname@googlemail.com

my.name@gmail.com

my.name@googlemail.com

my.na.me@gmail.com

my.na.me@googlemail.com

myname+abcde@gmail.com

myname+123abc@gmail.com

my.name+abcdefg78@gmail.com

my.name+abcdefg78@googlemail.com

Benefits of Multiple Google Email Address from One Gmail Account

So you say, “OK, these Google email address tips are interesting, but what would I use all these variations for”? One use is to track where mail is coming from. When you sign up for a newsletter subscription or mailing list you can create a specific email address by using the plus sign and some specific characters or “dot” pattern. You can then track incoming email based on the specific email name that you created.

For example, you sign up for a subscription to a newsletter using my.name+456news@gmail.com and then in addition to the newsletter you signed up for you start receiving email from a number of other different sources to that specific address. This could indicate that the specific mailing list might have been compromised or even sold.

Another use of these address variations is for sorting out spam or unwanted email from a specific Google email address. By using Gmail filters you can automatically direct mail to a specific address, such as myname+666@gmail.com to the spam folder.

Variations on your address can also be used to separate out personal and business messages and automatically identify each with a different label and sorted to a different folder.

Simplified Google Email Address Management

Having multiple Google email addresses is a useful tool for addressing a number of different email needs. The benefits of having a centralized email account that can easily process a number of different email addresses without having to go out and set up numerous new accounts with additional usernames and passwords can be a real plus. And they are all managed from a single Gmail account.

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18 responses to “Multiple Email addresses with One gmail account!!

  1. I cannot access the original account by using the 3rd step i.e adding a “+” sign and entering letters or digits.

  2. thank you very much sir for that information and it works but my problem is different.. my email id is nagarjuntheengineer@gmail.com .. now i want another emaii addresss for same account as above email id is too lengthy and i dont want to create new account because all my important mails i get on this account only.. can you solve my problem sir?? can u mail the solution to me to above mentioned id..
    thank you

    • Nagarjun and D2G,

      Unfortunately the creation of a variety of email addresses for the same account isn’t my expertise. The creation of multiple email addresses was a solution I came across for the need I had around making making electronic portfolios for my students. If you find an answer yourself please let me know and I will post it here.

      Thanks,

      Rob

  3. i need the same as Nagarjun, can it be done?

  4. Thanks !!! dot tricks work for me……

  5. Great explanation, thanks for sharing! Any suggestions for automating the process? That would be AWESOME!

  6. Hey There. I found your blog using msn. This
    is a really well written article. I’ll be sure to bookmark it and come back to read more of your useful information. Thanks for the post. I’ll certainly comeback.

  7. I have just used that , and i cant thank you enough . i have tested the dot and the googlemail , i have sent emails from my hotmail account to my gmail account and it works like a charm . What i dont understand is how you mean you can seperate your personal email from your job email . For Example . i have the email address kotsios@gmail.com . i use this for personal and i create kotsios+job@gmail.com for my business . But now when my clients use the kotsios+job@gmail.com address emails will be received on my personal email address just like all other emails sent to kotsios@gmail.com right ? what am i missing ?

    thanks in advance
    kotsios

  8. Karen Linewaver

    I would like to have totally seperate gmail addresses. Not different versions of the one i already have. Different gmail addtesses with different email boxes.

  9. There is a far better alternative!!!
    Just create chromium browser for each user name, and no need to log in or out anymore.
    I have created 5 for all my accounts at makemybrowser.com and it is really convenient.

  10. Hey there,
    Thanks for article I created an account ict@gmail.com and added my student as ict+student1 but when I try opening the email as ict+student1@gmail.com it says username or password incorrect

    • I’m not sure why that is. I am actually not really an expert on this whole process. I used this to set up my students accounts in the past but haven’t since then. I am asking families to set up their own email accounts or using the ones created by the school. This way they have more control over it. Sorry.

  11. very nice.. thanks for this post

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