How to Change Your Email Address

Change your email address without losing contacts or data.
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Changing your email account is accomplished by either creating an alias with your existing provider or by switching to a new provider. When changing your account, take steps to ensure that you don't lose contacts or links to websites, subscriptions or financial institutions. Also, consider creating separate accounts to filter spam and junk email.

Change Your Email by Switching Providers

Email providers offer varying features, including junk mail filtration, cell phone integration and mailbox organization. Read the Features page for each provider and determine which is best for you. Create an account on the provider's system by following the site's registration process.

Email providers require personal information like name, age and a password-recovery phone number. This information must be accurate for account creation purposes. Your personal information supplied during account creation is protected by the U.S. General Services Administration's Rules of Behavior for Handling Personally Identifiable Information. Create a strong password for your new account that contains uppercase letters, lowercase letters, numbers and symbols. Remember that your email inbox may hold the key to your banking profiles, your employer, your investments and more.

Change Your Email Alias Using Your Current Provider

All email providers support the creation of multiple alias accounts under a single, master account. An alias is a separate email address accessed through your primary account login. It uses the same inbox and personal settings as your primary account. Refer to your provider's help and options for configuring an alias.

Alternately, you can create a new email account with your current provider by following the site's new account creation steps. A new email address requires a separate login and password, and uses its own, separate inbox, address list and settings.

Update Your Subscriptions, Alert Your Contacts of the Change, and Monitor Your Old Inbox

Go to the websites for subscriptions and professional organizations and update your email address on each. These may include banks, employers, insurance companies, medical or dental providers, subscriptions, blogs, online retailers or social media websites.

Write a generic email and send it to your contacts. When sending an email to multiple people, address the email to yourself only, and use the BCC (Blind Carbon Copy) feature of your email program for all other recipients.

Monitor the old inbox for stragglers. If you receive emails from friends on your old account, send them a reminder that your address has changed. Once incoming mail slows or stops, and all organization sites are updated, the account is safe to delete.

Add a Throwaway Mail Address for Online Purchases and Registrations

If you find that your inbox is cluttered with advertisements and subscription posts, create a throwaway account specifically for subscriptions. Update your online shopping settings and subscriptions to use your throwaway account.

By using a separate account, your inbox remains free of advertisements. Your inbox for personal and professional correspondences is easier to sort and read without the array of junk mail proliferated by online retailers and their related advertisers.

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