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How to switch Gmail accounts

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Would you like to change the sender’s name that appears in messages you send via Gmail? Would you like to change your Gmail email address without losing your previous contacts or messages? I’m sorry, such a function is not yet contemplated in Gmail… but maybe I know a way to achieve a similar result anyway!

Give me five minutes of time and I’ll explain how to switch gmail accounts by changing your name (a function normally provided by the Google e-mail service), the personal information associated with your account (mobile number, birthday date, etc.) and creating a new Gmail address in which to import the contents of the old account. I assure you that these are really very simple operations. Simple, but maybe a little boring.

Creating a new Gmail account and importing old messages and contacts into it can take some time – let’s just say it’s not a very fun job to do – but there’s no need to be tech savvy to do it. So I would say not to get lost in chatter and to take action immediately: there is an email address on Gmail that needs to be changed!

Change the name and personal information of a Gmail account

Let’s start this tutorial on how to switch gmail accounts seeing how to change the name and personal information associated with an email address.

If you want to change the name displayed in the “sender” field of your emailsconnect to your Gmail mailbox, click on thegear located at the top right and select the item Settings from the menu that appears. On the page that opens, select the card Accounts and Importclick on the link change information located next to your email address (in the field Send message as) and type the new name you want to associate with your Gmail account in the white text field located under the wording First name (in the window that opens). When completed, click on the button Save Changes And that’s it. All new messages you send from your Gmail account will have your new name in the sender field.

How to switch Gmail accounts

If you want to change the personal information associated with your Gmail accountconnected to google.it and first click on your photo at the top right and then on the button Personal account in the box that appears. On the page that opens, select the item Your personal data from the menu Personal information and privacy and choose which data to edit. You can change first name, nicknames, email address primary or secondary (you cannot change your primary Gmail address), telephone number and date of birthday. To choose which of your personal information can be disclosed in public through your Google Plus profile click on the button Personal informations.

How to switch Gmail accounts

Change your Gmail address

You would like switch gmail accounts to use another email address without losing your old contacts and your previous messages? Unfortunately, as already mentioned above, this possibility is not yet contemplated by Gmail, but there is a “trick” that allows you to achieve a similar result.

If you want you can Create a new Gmail email account, transfer the messages and contacts from the old address to the latter and activate the automatic forwarding of emails from the old to the new mailbox. In this way all the messages you receive on the old account will be automatically transferred to the new one.

To create a new Gmail accountconnected to google.it, click on your photo at the top right and first click on the button Add accounts (in the menu that appears) and then on the item Create an account (on the page that opens). Then fill out the form that is proposed to you and the game is done.

How to switch Gmail accounts

To transfer your old messages to your new Gmail account, connect to your old Gmail address and activate mail forwarding via POP. If you don’t know how to do it, click on the icongear located at the top right and select the item Settings from the menu that appears. On the page that opens, select the card Forwarding and POP/IMAPput the check mark next to the entry Enable POP for all messages (even messages that have already been downloaded) and click on the button Save Changes to save the changes.

Then log in to your new Gmail address, click on the icongear located at the top right and select the item Settings from the menu that appears. On the page that opens, select the card Accounts and Importclick on the item Add your own POP3 mail account and enter the address of your old Gmail account. So press the button Next stepenter the login credentials of your old Gmail account in the form that is proposed to you and click on the button Add accounts.

If you want to be able to send messages from your old Gmail address using your new email account, put the check mark next to the appropriate item and click on the button Next step. Then type the verification code that is sent to your old Gmail account and you’re done. The importation of messages to the new Gmail address will begin immediately but it could also take several days to complete (depending on the amount of data to be processed).

How to switch Gmail accounts

To enable automatic forwarding of new messages to your new Gmail accountgo back to your old Gmail account, click on the icongear located at the top right and select the item Settings from the menu that appears. On the page that opens, select the card Forwarding and POP/IMAPpress the button Add a forwarding address and type your new Gmail address in the appropriate text field.

After that, click on the buttons After you, Proceed And Okay; click on the link contained in the confirmation message that you will receive on your new Gmail address and press the button He confirms to authorize automatic forwarding of messages.

Finally, access the settings of your old Gmail account again, select the tab Forwarding and POP/IMAP and put a check mark next to the entry Forward a copy of your inbox to. Then select your new Gmail address from the drop-down menu for choosing the forwarding address, make sure the option Keep the Gmail copy in your Inbox is active and click the button Save Changes to save the changes.

From now on, all new messages addressed to your old Gmail account will be automatically “routed” to the new one without you having to lift a finger.

Please note: in case you have purchased a subscription to Google Onein order to expand the storage space for your Gmail account, you may find it difficult to transfer all messages to the new mail address, which will only have 15 GB free space.

To resolve this issue, either activate a subscription to Google One for the new account (prices starting from €1.99/month for 100 GB) or add both accounts within a group Family, so that the space is shared. To find out in detail how to perform these operations, refer to the instructions provided in my tutorial dedicated to Google One.

How to switch Gmail accounts

To transfer your address book from the old to the new Gmail addressaccess your old e-mail account, click on the item Gmail located at the top left and select the item Contacts from the menu that appears. On the page that opens, click on the button Other and then up Export (in the left sidebar). When asked if you want to switch to the previous version of contactsaccept.

At this point, click on the button Other located at the top, select the item Export from the menu that opens and put the check mark next to the items All contacts And Google CSV format. So press the button Export and the entire address book of your old Gmail account will be exported to your PC as a CSV file.

Now you need to import the CSV file you just obtained into your new Gmail account. Then connect to the latter, click on the item Gmail located at the top left and select the item Contacts from the menu that opens. On the page that opens, click on the button Other and then up It matters (in the left sidebar). When asked if you want to switch to the previous version of contactsaccept.

Finally, press the button Other located at the top and select the item It matters from the menu that opens. Click on the button Choose files to select the file csv file that you previously exported from your old account and click the button It matters to start importing your contacts into your new Gmail account.

How to switch Gmail accounts

Mission accomplished! You now have a new Gmail address with your old messages, your old contacts, and the ability to send and receive messages from your old email address at any time.

Switch Gmail accounts in Chrome and Android

You want switch gmail accounts in Chrome or on your Android smartphone? No problem. You will find how to do it in my tutorials on how to reset Chrome and how to reset Android, two guides in which I dealt with the browser and Google’s operating system, explaining in detail how to reset them using new or old Gmail accounts. You’ll be amazed at how simple it is!