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111 comments on “How Do I Change My Email Address?”

  1. i want to change my hotmail email address so i am going to have to start a whole new account. what happens when you just stop using your old hotmail account?

  2. I keep getting emails they I don’t want & somebody has got my email address that I don’t wish for them to have access to any longer.

  3. @BELLOCITY
    Even changing one letter on your email address requires setting up a whole new account. Unless, as Leo suggests, you have your own domain name, it probably can’t be done as very likely the exact letters you want are already taken.

  4. I bought an I pad and another Pearson set me up from their lap top, some sites require their pass word which I don’t know so can’t access the site. hope you can help me change it.

  5. @bobby
    Unfortunately, there is no way to shorten your email address without setting up a new one. The good news is that you can use email forwarding to make managing several accounts easier.

  6. @ken
    Even changing one letter of your email address requires setting up a whole new one. Depending on your setup, you may be able to do a redirect that makes the change seamless.

  7. is it true that (if you don’t mind that i use this column to make you understand by asking you), the speciality of the alternative e-mail is not the same as the ordinary e-mails? Can you explain what is alternative e-mail?

  8. @brotherbingjohnstern
    Alternate email is very simple. It is another email altogether that you use for recovery purposes. Very simply you then have two full email accounts.

    Which actually brings up an interesting thought; the alternate email also needs to be set up with all security precautions… such as an alternate email! πŸ™‚

  9. I use inbox.com as a email service but I’m unhappy with it. I want to change to a gmail or rogers account but I don’t want to loose my contacts. Is there a way that the email can send a short message to people trying to send me an email that my email address has changed and to email me on this new email?

  10. @Iva
    If your current email provider allows it, you can use the Out of Office function to send a message with your new email address.

    The following article explains proper OOF etiquette:
    Out of Office Replies are Evil

    Another option would be to send a group email to several people by inserting each person’s email address into a bcc field of an email. Bcc is important so that each recipient won’t receive your a copy of your whole mailing list. You may want to put your email address in the to field. Your email provider may have a limit on the number recipients you can send to so if you receive an error message to that effect, you may have to send it out in more than one message.

  11. @Telephonics
    As the article says:
    “There’s really no way to change an email address. The best that you can do is create a new account with a new name, and start using it, and at the same time, simply stop using the old account with the old name. ”

  12. Yahoo give you (or at least they gave me) a chance for a second “main” email address PLUS their extremely useful Disposable Addresses system. All completely free of charge (or you can pay a bit and get some extra stuff and no flippin’ ads – although I still use the free version).

  13. I would like to use my gmail address to signin to facebook and use as my official facebook email. How can this be switched?

  14. @Richard
    In order to change your email address in Facebook, click on the Gear Icon in the upper right hand corner, choose Account Settings from the pulldown menu and click on Add Another Email on the General Account Settings page. For there you can add another email address and set it as your Primary email. You can have several email addresses and a mobile phone number associated with your account, It’s not a bad idea to have more than one option to recover your account in case of hacking or forgetting your password.

  15. i have this really novel way to transfer all my info to my new account. i take a pen and paper and write down everything i want to transfer then add it to my new account by hand. thats also my backup. just because you can do it electronically, don`t mean you have to.

  16. For some lucky people there’s an intermediate approach between “forwards, fetches, and aliases” and their own domain. A number of university alumni associations (and perhaps other organizations as well) offer what is termed a “virtual email address”. If Some University offers such a feature, you may be able to set up an email address such as YourName@Alumni.SomeUniv.edu. You then can specify that any email sent to your virtual address be forwarded to your current actual email account. The beauty of a virtual email address is that you can change your actual email account, perhaps to take advantage of new features, without changing your virtual email address by merely changing the forwarding address. So it might be worthwhile to check whether such a feature might be available to you.

    • Definitely worth checking the “other organizations” as well. I know, for example, that joining the Amateur Radio Relay League (association of amateur radio operators or “hams”) has this benefit. Other organizations and affinity groups may also offer something similar.

  17. I notice this thread dates back to 2004 so I don’t know when things changed in relation to your comment – “Aliases are relatively new – and in fact, I know of them only in Outlook.com.”

    I have an alias with my Yahoo account and I started that account in 2009. In fact I use my alias for this site, rather than my regular Yahoo email address.

    • I agree. Maybe it’s the term alias that is new. My email address with my ISP is my account number @isp.com. I can log into my account and specify any email to go in front of @isp.com (as long as another person isn’t using it already). I believe they have been doing this for a long time.

      But really, isn’t an alias just a forward?

      • No James, an alias isn’t a forward. It is a second or third or even fourth email ADDRESS attached to the same email ACCOUNT. The messages come and go via the same email INBOX. It is different to having two completely separate email accounts from the same email service provider, where you have to log out of one account and in to the other to check mail from the second address.

        Regarding my two email addresses on my Yahoo email account, I also have another completely separate fake account for which mail does NOT come into my regular inbox like the two addresses already mentioned. The main purpose for creating it at the time was to get a better understanding of the two different concepts, and also to experiment with a site that I had no intention of linking my real personality to.

      • Technically no, at least not necessarily. It’s all very much under-the-hood kind of stuff that depends on exactly what software is being used to handle mail. A forward will actually throw the mail back into the mail system to be send and routed and delivered (even if it’s a VERY short trip), whereas an alias is simply a notation that “oh, that email lives here too”. If you’re ever curious, check the headers of the email. A forward should add headers showing the forward happening, whereas an alias should not.

  18. Changing your email address is just like moving. If you look at Leo’s steps, they are all the same as moving:
    – Create a new account = buy a new home/rent a new apartment
    – Configure your email program = put stuff in boxes and moving truck
    – Tell all your friends = tell all your friends
    – Change the email address … at all your other online services = tell your employer, bank, credit card company, etc., etc., etc.
    – Watch your old email account for people or services who haven’t switched = watch for mail that still gets sent to your old address/use change of address cards from the post office

  19. Excellent article. The last suggestion is paying to get your own domain i.e getting a domain name and using it on your own hosted domain or on an Email providers service. If so why would I want to forward the mail from it to one of the free services such as Gmail or Yahoo since I now have an email service?

    • Email services aren’t always provided by the various domain registrars (owning a domain does not imply that you have a mail service – for that you’ll often need to purchase additional web hosting), and when they are, they aren’t always as feature rich or solid as some of the more mainstream services. Almost all provide simply email forwarding, however, typically at no or low additional cost.

    • Victor,
      There are a couple of reasons you may want to forward to something like Gmail.

      One is to use an interface that you like an are familiar with. Often the service delivering your website won’t have a very good online interface in which to read your email.

      The other is because of spam. These days gmail seems to have the best spam filters around. If you run your email through their service it can sort out a lot of the junk for you.

  20. You cannot simply change your email. If you want another email for yourself then you have to create a new email account on any mail service providers (like gmail, yahoo, sify etc).

    You can then use this new email in place of your old email for future references.

  21. Couldn’t access my aol acct. so changed the address. Now I am panicing that i wont get my mail. what do i do. Am computer illerate? above e-mail is my original one.

    • Janet,
      Changing your email address sets up a totally new, completely unrelated email. You can forward email (if you can get access to the old servers.) You can also use POP3 or IMAP to download your old emails into your new one. But that also requires access to the old email address. Ultimately what you should do is take steps to recover your account.

      I’ll point you at this article. Although it is about an email that has been hacked, it has all the possible ways to recover your old account.

  22. Hi,
    I am computer phobic – seriously – have used them at work for over 20 yrs. And in all those years,I’ve had problems no one else had. Right now my problem (my own fault) is I can’t access my gmail acct on my IPad 2. Since retiring, It’s all I use. I took my IPad to Apple Genius for a software upgrade. They didn’t do a back-up. Afterwards, Gmail didn’t recognize my name/password. I deleted acct and set up new one. Still didn’t work. Finall got google to send reset to alternate email,but can’t remember name/password. Don’t really send emails,just receive. Help!

  23. If I change my e-mail address and I have accounts like snapchat, facebook, myspace, soundcloud, pinterest or twitter with this e-mail. I have to make other accounts because I deleted that email i used to use?

    • As long as you can still log on to those accounts, you can get into those accounts’ settings and change the email address associated with it. In fact, most social networking websites allow you to associate more than one email address with it in case you lose access to your account and one of those emails.

  24. Hi, Leo… first time on here. Just had an experience with MSN tech support. We’ve had troubles ever since Outlook took over MSN/Hotmail. We used to be with Qwest and were assigned the MSN email account. Since CenturyLink took over Qwest we’ve not had troubles, but now that the Outlook update has taken place, the email page in our browser doesn’t work. Half the buttons are missing and the rest don’t work. We called MSN technical support, and after about 20 minutes, the tech told us we’d been “hacked” by someone in Washington (he didn’t specify state or DC), but he could fix our trouble for “just $99.99 for two years protection”. When I said we didn’t have that kind of money to spend, he wanted to know how much we felt we could afford. When I said we’d simply stop using the MSN email account, he told me that the “hacker” had our IP address so he’d have access to ANY account we tried to use. It sounded as if he was suggesting that the NSA had our information and we needed help only he could provide, at which point I knew we were being shaken down and I thanked him for his time and hung up. We KNOW we were talking to MSN because it was the 800-number from their own site. Just thought you’d like to hear.
    Thanks for being here for us know-nothing shlubs… we greatly appreciate what you try to do here.
    p.s. The email account we gave above is the one that MSN won’t let us into any more… we’ll just open a new email account with someone other than MSN.

    • I have a hard time believing you were talking to an MSN Tech Rep. For one, he is totally wrong that a hacker could do any damage simply knowing yout IP address. Any website you access or anyone who receives an email from you can see your IP address. An IP address doesn’t give much information at all. In fact for most people, it changes every so often. What can people tell from my IP address? Where did you get this 800 number from? Maybe it was an unreliable source.
      I might be wrong on this, but if you have your MSN account through Quest, Quest would be responsible for support and you would not go directly through MSN.

    • I’d be interested in understanding where you got that number. Technically “MSN” doesn’t exist any more – Microsoft retired the brand years ago. It was replaced with Windows Live, and now just your “Windows” account and Outlook.com. It wouldn’t surprise me if there were a malicious person setting up some kind of MSN support website where Microsoft was never involved.

  25. what i’d like to know is when I try to create a new email address and it comes back at me that I already have an email account in my name, and don’t give me the option to change it, what does a person do then

    • As the article says, just open a Yahoo.com.sg account if it is available and switch to using that along with occasionally checking your old address for emails from people who don’t have your new address.

  26. I have Windows Live mail and my ISP is frontier.com My husband died about a year ago. How can I change my Win Live Mail email address to just [email-removed]? Do I need to keep my old address for awhile…until everyone starts using my new address?

    • It’s a good idea to keep the old address for awhile. Some services will allow you to forward it to the new one while people get used to it.

  27. Hello Leo sir,
    I want to know the process of changing (editing)date of sent emails in our sent boxes.Due to certain reasons we want to manipulate the date of emails to oue client and also want to keep the record for presentation .If it is possible to make this please guide the way we can get achievement to perform the same.Hope to listen from you soon.
    With regards
    Pankaj yadav

  28. i had change my password but still it was opened in my Brother’s mobile can he access my account without using new password. if yes then how can it remove? if he is staying out of country.

  29. I got this new email address but the person who had it before must of deleted it, but all their stuff is still connected to it facebook etc anyway i can clear the email address from all these?

    • There’s nothing you can delete. Facebook and other sites connected with that account will still continue to send emails to that account. What you might be able to do is message this person through Facebook or one of the other services you are getting emails from in their name and let them know which accounts are affected. This is much worse for you than for them, as in a way you are the owner of their Facebook and other accounts.
      I don’t suggest marking those emails as spam as it might cause your emails from Facebook to be sent to the spam folder.

  30. Hi. I have an Email “{removed}” and I want to change to “{removed}” It is possible? If you help me I will thank you a lot.

    • Since they’re both from the same ISP you’ll have to contact the ISP. (And NEVER post your email in a public forum like this – it’s an invitation for spam and worse.)

  31. sir if i change my email address {email addresses removed}@gmail.com can other mails which comes to the older email can comes to the new mail address? please sir tell me

    • Not directly, but you can set your new email account to fetch the emails from the old account and accomplish the same purpose.

    • I’m not exactly what you’re asking. You can certainly use Google Apps to host your email, and presumably if you have your own domain you can set up whatever email you like.

  32. Sorry, i want to change my password as when i sign out from the account again and again my password and the e-mail will appear. I tried several times but failed. please do move it when I sign out. not only password but also e-mail address .

  33. hello
    i have given irctc register email as {removed}@sify.com .sify mail had closed its mail account.now i forgot irctc password .when iam trying to recover password they are sending to sify mail what can i do

  34. I currently have a Gmail account. I want to switch to an entirely different email provider (like yahoo for example). I just want to know, is it possible to set up some kind of automated reply on my Gmail saying something like “hey, i don’t use this account anymore. Find me at this email address instead”? Thanks.

  35. I need to try to keep some reference emails from my old company’s exchange server. What would you say is the best way to do that? I use Outlook from MS Office as an email program for that address. You also mentioned you purchase a domain and all or some of your mail is through there. Do you have to pay additionally for email service that you don’t end up using?

  36. When I received my tablet at Christmas I put my email address in which I use on my laptop, except I realised I had left out a letter. Is there anything I can do to rectify this.

    • You should either be able to go into the account settings on your tablets email program and change it, or if that’s not possible on your tablet, delete the account and set it up again correctly.

  37. I have recently changed to windows 10 and keep being informed that my 2nd e mail address is ” out of sinc ” or that the address is not updated. This is also the address to contact ” my sky ” who won’t let me in until I have received their confirmation on that address . But I cannot access that address + full circle.
    Can you tell me in simple language how to resolve this issue please. If so – many many thanks.

    • It’s hard to tell from your description. You’ll need to figure out what the error refers to. My advice is to slow down and read the errors and information more carefully. My guess is that the error is about your recovery email. The other thing I can think of is that this error may be coming from your email client, telling you that your send or receive information needs to be updated. So read those errors carefully, they are actually telling you what to do.

    • I am getting a slimilar response from Mail on Windows 10.
      “Your [account name] account settings are out of date.”
      When I click on “Fix account” it takes me to settings giving me no (apparent) indication of what is out of date.
      It is a Hotmail account, so is it related to Microsoft migrating Hotmail accounts to Outlook?
      My Hotmail accounts work fine in Thunderbird.
      I am experiencing issues updating to my brand new Samsung S5 neo. Might that be related.

  38. I need to change my email address because i am receiving porn emails everyday about 50-100 per day and this is totally disgusting please can u help

  39. You’d have to be much more specific about what kind of problems you are having. What email service? Do you use an email program? Which one? WHat steps do you take to access your email? What exactly happens when you try?

  40. My email Had a bad scam not so long ago, so would like to change the old address {email address removed} to {email address removed} please. Can the old email still be used on my account ,or does it need to change too.?

    • Since changing an email address really just means getting a new address, you can access your old email account as long as you keep it open. As for accessing it via your new account or vice versa, the article gives a couple of ideas on how to do that.

    • How do you access your emails? Do you use an email program, if so which one, or do you access your emails via a website, if so which one?

    • The article you are commenting on explains how to do that. But why would you need a new email address because you have new phone?

    • That’s literally untrue. You do not need a new email because you got a new phone. You may have other reasons, but getting a new phone needn’t be one of them.

  41. my e mail address with orangehome is closing down. i already have another account with g mail.com the problem is i do not know how to set it up on my laptop as i am still on windows xp

  42. I can not get into my e-mail, and I don’t want to change my address. I have to text on my cell phone, which is a pain in the neck, I’m really getting
    aggravated. {email removed} @ yahoo. com

    • You haven’t indicated what you’ve tried to resolve this yourself, or even the specifics of how it’s failing. Can’t help you without those details. Have you tried the “lost password” or other password recovery links provided by Yahoo!? That’s where to start.

  43. I want to get rid of aol email account (experiencing internal error messages and cannot open messages) and switch to a google account. Is there a way to do this and have any mail from aol account automatically forwarded to new Google account as I have far too many contacts to notify .

  44. Please try to assist us to acquire new email address thanks as I am Bed ridden or wheelchair bound cheers
    P.S long time ago there was a free service for us disabled citterns
    God BleSS
    Paul

    • All you need do is visit gmail.com (or mail.yahoo.com or outlook.com) and create a new account. It’s a very simple process – not much more complicated than posting a comment here. πŸ™‚

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