How to Use Email Aliases with Gmail

With a single Gmail email address, you can create an unlimited number of alias accounts to help sort and track incoming mail. Your email aliases can be created either by adding dots to your address or by tacking on a “+” phrase. For example, if your email address is myname@gmail.com, you can also use my.name@gmail.com or m.y.name@gmail.com, and so on. The plus used after your name can be used to track mail from specific sources. For example myname+somesite.com@gmail.com could be used when requesting information from “somesite.com.” For more, read these articles from Consuming Experience or MakeUseOf.


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  • mathew

    Thats right, misleading article

  • http://arlingtonlibrary.org Richard

    I don’t believe the way you explained it is correct. If you have myname@gmail.com, my.name and m.y.name woud be separate accounts and not aliases. The alias ONLY follows the “+” AFTER your regular account name.

    Here’s the gmail help screen. http://mail.google.com/support/bin/answer.py?answer=12096