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While you can't directly change your email address for a Gmail account, there are a couple of workarounds to achieve a similar outcome:

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Create a new Gmail address and set up forwarding:

  • This is the most common approach. Here's how to do it:
  • Once you have the new address:
    • Log in to your old Gmail account.
    • Go to Settings (click on your profile picture in the top right corner and then Settings).
    • Click on "Forwarding and POP/IMAP" tab.
    • In the "Forwarding" section, click on "Add a forwarding address."
    • Enter your new Gmail address and click "Next."
    • You'll receive a verification email at your new address. Follow the instructions in that email to confirm the forwarding.
  • Now, any emails sent to your old address will be automatically forwarded to your new address.

2. Use your new address as your primary email:

  • Gradually update your contacts, subscriptions, and other services with your new email address.
  • You can keep your old Gmail account open to access past emails if needed.

Here are some additional points to consider:

  • Aliases: Gmail allows you to create aliases for your main email address. This lets you create additional addresses that forward to your main inbox. You can learn more about aliases on the Google Support website https://support.google.com/mail/answer/8158?hl=en.
  • Downloading your data: If you decide to close your old Gmail account eventually, you can download your email data (including emails, contacts, and calendar entries) before closing it.

I hope this helps! Let me know if you have any other questions about managing your email addresses.

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