Friday, 1 February 2013

How to Change Your Gmail Address

Many people find their email addresses boring and ugly after long use.These boring Email addresses may not suite their various requirements.

Some of you must have been wondering whether you can change your Gmail ID. Well, the answer in one word would be a big “NO”. Google does not allow it’s users to edit/change their email ID. But don’t you worry, there is another way you can change your Gmail id. You really can’t call it changing your id but it is more like transferring your existing contacts and mails to a new Gmail ID. It is simple, just follow the steps below.

Step 1: Sign Up for a New Gmail Account with a Desired Username

Don’t forget to make all the changes you wanted to make in your old boring email id. Or you can chose an altogether different username.

Step 2: Forward Mails to the New Gmail Address

To receive all the new messages which are sent to your old Gmail address, you will have to enable automatic forwarding. To do it, go to “ Settings” and then click on “Forwarding and POP/IMAP” tab, then add the new Gmail address in ‘Add a forwarding address’, which can be found in ‘Forwarding section’. Remember, you will receive a confirmation message in your new account
with a verification code and a link, which will lead you to your old account. Now save the changes.
Forward Mails to The New Email Address

Step 3: Import Your Old Mails from Your Old Gmail Account

Use POP3 to import all your old messages .To do this, go to “Settings” and then click on ‘Accounts and Imports’ tab. Now, in ”Check mail using POP3” section, click on “Add POP3 account”. Add your new email address and then proceed by clicking on ‘Next step’ which will lead you to some configuration options. After selecting your configurations, Click “Add Account”.

Step 4: Import Your Contacts to the New Email ID

To transfer all your contacts from the old account to your new Gmail id, you will have to export the contacts from your old email (as a Google CSV File) and import it to your new email.

Click on ‘Gmail’ at the top left corner and then select “Contacts”. Now from the “More“dropdown choose “export”. Note that, you have to export the contacts in ‘Google CSV’ format as you are exporting them between Gmail accounts, Click “Export” and save the CSV file on your hard drive.

Export Contacts in Gmail To import the contacts from the CSV file to your new Gmail account, follow the procedure as in the case of export, but this time click on “Import”. Select the previously downloaded CSV file and click “Import”. All your contacts will be imported to your new account.

Hope this tutorial helps you in changing your Gmail ID. Should you have any problems/queries, do let us know in the comments.

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