How to add an alias to Gmail

There are at least two ways to add an alias to Gmail. Let’s review both of them.

The "." and "+" instructions in Gmail.

Gmail has a built-in alias mechanism that allows adding dots and pluses to the name of the box. Let's take a look at these features using examples: Let's say you're the owner of [email protected].

If we write letters to [email protected], [email protected] or even [email protected] - they will come to you correctly to the original email [email protected]. Gmail ignores dots in mailboxes. But there are several limitations:

The "+" symbol can be added after the name of the box, adding any other name after it. For example, you can send an email to boxes [email protected], [email protected], and they will reach the original box.

Using both a dot and an email, you can't completely change your email address, but they are very convenient for filtering incoming emails. For example, to order a product on a website, you can leave an email to [email protected] and use the filter to mark incoming emails to this alias in a separate label or delete them. Unfortunately, not all registration forms allow you to enter a "+" in the email field. In this case, using a point (".") in the alias may help.

Adding another email as an alias in Gmail.

If you already have another email, we can add it as an alias to our Gmail.

  1. Click the gear icon at the top right.
  2. Click the Settings button.
    Gmail - 'Settings' button
  3. Click the Accounts and Import tab.
  4. In the Send mail as: field, choose Add another email address.
    Gmail - 'Add another email address' button
  5. In the new window, enter the name from which the email will be sent, as well as the email itself. Make sure the Treat as an alias checkbox is checked.
    Gmail - alias settings
  6. Click the "Next Step" button.
  7. In the next window, enter the email settings:
    • SMTP Server - most likely, Gmail will be automatically detected. If this does not happen, you can check your SMTP server with the email provider of the connected email provider.
    • Username - usually equals either the full email address or the name of the mailbox (the beginning of the email before the "@" symbol).
    • Password - password from the mailbox.
    • Port - by default 587 (for TLS) and 465 (for SSL).
    • Type of connection (TLS or SSL).
    You can also ask your mail provider about Port and the type of connection if the default settings do not work.
    Gmail - alias server settings
  8. Click the Add Account button.
  9. Open the connected account mailbox. It contains an email confirming that the account has been added to our Gmail. Open this email and get the verification code from it.
  10. Go to your Gmail account and paste the confirmation code into the code field.
  11. Click the Verify button.
    Gmail - alias 'Verify' button
  12. The When replying to a message: checkbox will appear on the settings page below the Add another email address button. With this checkbox you can specify from which email address to reply by default if you received an email to a connected mailbox:
    • Reply from the same address the message was sent to.
    • Always reply from the default address.

We will now be receiving emails from a connected mailbox. When you create a new email, in the "To:" field, you can choose from which address to send it.

You can read about how to connect an alias to Gmail using G Suite in the official article:

Read more:

  1. How to send emails from a different address or alias (original howto by Google)

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