Basically, using an alias just means sending an email through your Gmail account with a return address that goes to a different email account, or receiving an email from a different email account to your Gmail inbox, or both. For instance, if your email address is email@example.com, you can set up a separate address for firstname.lastname@example.org. Then, use the second as an alias when you don’t want to give out your primary address but still have the emails delivered to your main Gmail inbox.
If you want to disguise your Gmail email address instead of using your real email address, you can use an alias. This is handy when you give out your email address for newsletters, websites, online comments, and similar situations.
STEPS TO SET UP ALIASES
- ADD ANOTHER EMAIL ADDRESS
- Open your Gmail in a web browser on your computer.
- Go to your Settings. The settings have a way of moving around as Gmail plays with their interface, but as of March 2019, you can get to settings by clicking on the cog icon in the upper right-hand area of your Inbox, then select Settings.
- Select the “Accounts and Import” tab
- Find the link for “Add another email address”.
- Click on the “Add another email address” link and enter your name and email account information from the new address.
- You have to own and control the other email address as Gmail will ask you to verify the information.
- Log in to your other account.
- Check your inbox for the verification email.
- Click on the required link.
- CHANGE THE “FROM” ADDRESS IN YOUR PRIMARY GMAIL ACCOUNT
You can now send emails from your Gmail account using a different “from” address. You can do this in each individual message.
- Change your settings by clicking on the “From” line in your message.
- If you don’t see a “From” line, click the space next to the recipient’s email address.
- Select the alternate address you want to send from.
And you are done.
STEPS TO CHECK EMAIL FROM OTHER ACCOUNTS
You can read your emails in one inbox by linking your other alias accounts.
- Go to Settings.
- Click on the Accounts and Imports tab.
- Scroll down until you see “Check mail from other accounts” and
- Click on the “Add a mail account” link and follow the steps as instructed.
HOW TO CREATE TEMPORARY ALIASES
Adding temporary alias lets you create filters. This comes handy when you need a temporary alias but don’t have another account. You can with the “+” email trick.
Add a “+” sign and some additional text to your own Gmail address and give it to someone. Gmail will still send emails to the primary address. So “email@example.com” and “testaccount+spam firstname.lastname@example.org” will both get the email delivered at email@example.com.
So save yourself some hassle by entering an alias instead of your real address in the above easy ways.