Changing your Gmail address to another

There's no mailbox name change feature in Gmail. The most convenient way to do this is to create a new email and connect your old mailbox to retrieve mail that comes to your old inbox. The steps below are described in detail on how to do this.



  1. Create a new Gmail account.
  2. In your old Gmail account, enable the POP access to your mail: Click the gear icon at the top right.
    • Click the Settings button in the new window.
    • In the Settings window, click the Forwarding and POP/IMAP tab.
    • In the POP download: item set the checkbox to Enable POP for all mail
      Gmail - forwarding and POP/IMAP settings
  3. On the old mailbox, you MUST enable "Less secure app access", otherwise you will not be able to connect the account (an authentication error will be displayed when trying to connect).
    You can find out how to enable the Less secure app access in this article: Enabling less secure apps to access Gmail
    If you do not want to leave Less secure access enabled, later on, you can import all old messages using this method, then disable Less secure access and set up normal forwarding of new messages. You can find out how to configure email forwarding in this article: How to forward Gmail emails to another Gmail address
  4. In the new mailbox, we go in the same way to the account settings: Cog -> Settings.
    Gmail - 'Settings' button
  5. Go to the Accounts and Import tab.
  6. In Check mail from other: the field, click Add a mail account the button.
    Gmail - 'Add a mail account' button
  7. In the new window, enter the email of the old box and press the Next button.
  8. On the next step, select Import emails from my other account (POP3) and press Next again.
  9. Type the password from the old mail in the Password field.
    The rest of the settings on this page you can define for yourself, they are quite clear. Gmail - mail account menu
  10. Click the Add Account button.
  11. On the next page, we can see that our account has been successfully connected. There will also be a selector that determines whether or not you want to send mail from the connected mailbox. Select the option that suits you best and click Finish.
    The rest of the settings on this page you can define for yourself, they are quite clear. Gmail - mail account connected

Hey! We connected our old email box to the new one!
Now, if you want to change the connection settings, go to your mailbox and click edit info (or delete if you want to disable receiving mail from your old mailbox). Gmail - mail account edit / delete buttons

The pages for changing the email connection settings are identical to those that were described above.

If you only need to forward new mail to an old mailbox, you can configure email forwarding on that box. You don't need to enable Less secure app access, and you don't need to connect the old email account to the new one. How to do this is described in the article How to forward Gmail emails to another Gmail address



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