How to Change My Gmail Address

By Paul Higgins

Changing your Gmail address requires you to create a brand new Gmail account. However, using a new account does not mean losing your data, as Gmail lets you import existing mail and contacts to your new account as well as automatically receive new mail sent to your old account.

Creating a New Account

Step 1

Log out of your current account, visit the [Gmail home page](https://www.gmail.com) and select **Create an account.**

Step 2

Enter your **First and Last Name** and select a **New Email Address** and a **Password.** Enter your **Birthday,** select your **Gender** and type in your **Mobile Phone Number.**

Step 3

Enter the **Security Code**, select your **Country** and read the Google **Terms of Service** and **Privacy Policy.** Tick the **check box** if you agree with those terms and click **Next Step** to proceed to the next page.

Step 4

Select either **No Thanks** or **Create Your Profile,** depending on whether you want to create a new Google+ profile in addition to your Gmail account.

Step 5

Click **Continue to Gmail** to finish creating your new account.

Importing Your Emails

Step 1

Log out of your new account and log in to your old Gmail account. Select the cog-shaped icon to open the main menu and select **Settings.**

Step 2

Open the **Forwarding and POP/IMAP** tab and select **Enable POP for all mail.** Click the **Save Changes** button. Click your profile picture thumbnail (or generic person icon) in the upper right corner of the window and click **Log Out.**

Step 3

Log in to your new account, open the main menu with the cog-shaped icon and select **Settings.** Open the **Accounts and Import** tab and click the **Add a POP3 mail account you own** link.

Step 4

Enter your old email address in the field and click **Next Step.**

Step 5

Type your old email address in the **Username** field and the password associated with that account in the **Password** field. Click **Add Account** to start the importing process.

Importing Your Contacts

Step 1

Log in to your old account, open the **Gmail** menu and select **Contacts.**

Step 2

Open the **More** menu and select **Export.**

Step 3

Select **Google CSV format** and click **Export** to download the file to your hard drive. Log out of your account.

Step 4

Log in to your new account, open the **Gmail** menu and select **Contacts.** Open the **More** menu and select **Import.**

Step 5

Click **Browse,** select the CSV file on your hard drive and click **Import** to finish importing your old accounts to your new account.

Tips & Warnings

  • Because Gmail ignores dots in usernames, you do not need to create a new account if you simply want to remove or add dots to your email address. The johndoe@gmail.com and john.doe@gmail.com addresses, for example, are one and the same for Gmail.