Yesterday, I provided a video to show you how to forward a hosting account e-mail to G-mail. Today, I want to show you how to combine multiple G-mail accounts.
The idea is to gather all your G-mail accounts so they forward mail to your primary G-mail account and still allow you to answer all e-mails as if they were delivered to the original inbox – a real time saver!
The video is the quickest and easiest way to learn how to do this, but if you don’t care for video – read the text below. 🙂
Watch the Video:
How to Combine Multiple G-mail Accounts from Bonnie Gean
First, login to your primary G-mail account. This will be the account you want all the G-mail accounts forwarded to. After you login, search for the gear box on the right side of the page and click Settings.
STEP #1: Locate the Settings Tab
- Click on Accounts and Important information from the file menu.
- Go down to “Send mail as” and click the “Add another email address you own” link.
- Enter the name you want to associate with the new e-mail address.
Next, enter the G-mail address you want to forward mail from into the box. Checkmark “Treat as an alias” and click the Next Step button.
You will get a new box that requires you to send verification to your secondary G-mail account to verify that you do in fact want to forward e-mail from this account to your primary one.
Click the Send Verification button to proceed to the next step. We’re going to verify through e-mail so we won’t need the verification box that pops up, so just close it; click the X in the upper right hand corner of the box.
Sign out of your primary G-mail account.
STEP #2: Check for Verification on Your Secondary Account
- Login to your secondary G-mail account.
- Find the verification e-mail and click the link inside to verify.
After clicking the verification link, Google will display a message on the screen that says “The Gmail user may now send mail as whatever-email-address-you-chose. Click here to return to your Gmail account.”
STEP #3: Add Forwarding and POP/IMAP
Staying inside your secondary G-mail account, go back to the gear box on the right side of the page and click Settings. Next, click on the Forwarding and POP/IMAP link from the menu.
Under the Forwarding section, click the “Add a forwarding address” button. In the next box, enter a new forwarding e-mail address, which should be your PRIMARY G-mail account and click the Next button.
Click the Proceed button. You’ll get another on-screen notice that tells you a confirmation code was sent to verify permission. Click the OK button.
STEP #4: Check for Verification on Your Primary Account
You’ll receive this new confirmation in your primary G-mail account. Log out of your secondary account and go check your primary G-mail account for the confirmation.
Once you find the confirmation e-mail, do the same thing as before and click the verification link inside the e-mail, which will produce another on-screen notice from Google that you were successful.
Update Your Reply Settings
As a precaution, make sure that your primary account is set to reply from the same address the message was sent to.
Go to the gear box on the right of the page and click Settings. Click the Accounts and Import link. Look under the section where you added the secondary G-mail account (Send mail as field) for the line that says, When replying to a message and check the radio box to activate it.
You’ll want to click that radio box so when you respond to e-mails coming in from various G-mail accounts, you’ll answer with the correct FROM name and e-mail address.
This is especially important if you’re sharing hats of a PLR writer, an affiliate marketer, a coach, etc. This way you’ll keep the various branches of your business separated from each other so you don’t confuse people. 🙂
STEP #5: Check Your Secondary G-mail Account
Log out of your primary G-mail account and log back into your secondary G-mail account. You’ll need to make one last change before the forwarding is completely ready.
Update Your Forwarding Settings
- Find the gear box on the right side of the page and click Settings.
- Click on the Forwarding and POP/IMAP link.
- Turn on forwarding; choose forward a copy of incoming mail.
Decide how you want Google to handle the e-mail that’s left on the secondary account. Google gives you the following choices:
- Keep Gmail’s copy in the inbox
- Mark Gmail’s copy as read
- Archive Gmail’s copy
- Delete Gmail’s copy
As soon as someone sends an e-mail to your secondary account, and it’s forwarded to your primary G-mail account, what do you want Google to do with the e-mail left on the second account? Do you want to keep it or delete it?
I choose to delete mine, but you can choose whatever you want. After making your choice, remember to scroll down to the bottom of the screen and click the Save changes button.
You should now see a notice at the top of your secondary G-mail account from Google, which reads: “You are forwarding your email to…” the address you assigned.”
Once you get this notice, you’ll know you’re done. That is, until you start the process over again for your other G-mail accounts. 🙂
Your turn! Got any questions? Leave a comment below and let me know!
Thanks for reading,
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