Switch To A Gmail Account Without Changing Your Original Email Address

Gmail is certainly on its way to become the most widely used web based email due to its amazing features . Also it helps in productive email management for those who deal with lot of emails everyday .

However those who have maintained a single email address for years may not switch to Gmail , just because they think they’ll lose their current email address . Here comes one of the coolest gmail features . You can have a Gmail account , enjoy its features and read mails and send mails to others , who will still receive it from your old address . Advanced Gmail users are likely to know about this but those contemplating a switch to Gmail without changing your original address , you can do it in these simple steps :-

1: Create a Gmail account.

Yes , thats the first step . Go to www.gmail.com and create an account . That’ll take about 2 minutes . Then you can login to your Gmail account.

2: Fetch Mail from your original account.

Go to Settings on the top right corner of your Gmail . Then click on Accounts and there click on the 3rd option which says “Add another mail account”. There you can add your original address and Gmail does the rest .

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3: Add “Sent mail as” address

Now after the 2nd step , you have to add your original address under the same Accounts tab and in the first option , where it says . “Add another email address”, so that when you reply to mails , you can chose your original address and it’ll appear that you have replied from your original email address .

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4: Import Contacts

Now you need to import your contacts to your Gmail account . For this , first sign in to your original email account and go to your address book/contacts and export them as a CSV file anywhere on your computer . Then you can come back to your Gmail , click ‘Contacts’ on the left , then at the bottom click on Import and then upload the same CSV file which you had saved . And you’re done ! .

Thats it . Now you can use your Gmail account , explore its features and at the same time read mails and reply to them and the world won’t come to know that you are using Gmail . In fact you can add upto 5 such accounts and use Filters to manage them .

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Comments

  1. Andrew says

    dont forget to let people know though that whatever email they send out from their gmail account – using their newly added address, will have ‘sent on behalf of XXXXX@gmail.com‘. This displays on Outlook only. Apparently not a google problem, but a MS/Outlook way of handling the info.

    Makes it a very poor substitution unfortunately.

  2. Andrew says

    dont forget to let people know though that whatever email they send out from their gmail account – using their newly added address, will have 'sent on behalf of XXXXX@gmail.com'. This displays on Outlook only. Apparently not a google problem, but a MS/Outlook way of handling the info.

    Makes it a very poor substitution unfortunately.

  3. Andrew says

    dont forget to let people know though that whatever email they send out from their gmail account – using their newly added address, will have 'sent on behalf of XXXXX@gmail.com'. This displays on Outlook only. Apparently not a google problem, but a MS/Outlook way of handling the info.

    Makes it a very poor substitution unfortunately.

  4. Toni says

    I cannot get this to work. I keep getting an error message stating I’m using the incorrect POP mail settings. I checked Yahoo and used what was suggested and still got the following error message:

    Server denied POP3 access for the given username and password.
    POP access is limited to Yahoo! Mail Plus subscribers. Please contact Yahoo! Mail’s support team for more information.

  5. Toni says

    I cannot get this to work. I keep getting an error message stating I'm using the incorrect POP mail settings. I checked Yahoo and used what was suggested and still got the following error message:

    Server denied POP3 access for the given username and password.

    POP access is limited to Yahoo! Mail Plus subscribers. Please contact Yahoo! Mail's support team for more information.

  6. Toni says

    I cannot get this to work. I keep getting an error message stating I'm using the incorrect POP mail settings. I checked Yahoo and used what was suggested and still got the following error message:

    Server denied POP3 access for the given username and password.

    POP access is limited to Yahoo! Mail Plus subscribers. Please contact Yahoo! Mail's support team for more information.