How can I change my e-mail address?

EmailUnlike a home or office address, you cannot change an e-mail address and have all e-mails delivered to that new address automatically. If you want to change your e-mail address you must create a new e-mail address either with the same e-mail provider or a new e-mail provider. After a new e-mail address has been created you can follow the steps below to help resolve any confusion between you and your e-mail contacts.

Mass e-mail new address to friends and family

Our recommended solution to make sure you continue to get e-mail from your friends and family is to send an e-mail letting them know you're changing your e-mail address and the new e-mail address.

One disadvantage of doing this is that often you will forget to send someone your new e-mail address or someone may miss the e-mail. However, sending out another reminder from your new e-mail address can also help.

Automatic replies

Automatic replies or out of office replies are also another good solution to making sure everyone knows your new e-mail address. This service will automatically reply to any e-mail sent to your old e-mail address with a note that can tell the sender your new e-mail address.

One serious disadvantage of doing this is that all e-mail you receive will get this automatic reply. Which means any SPAM messages will get a reply with your new address. There are also some services that will require your authorization before sending your new e-mail address; however, many companies reply to the e-mail address with your new e-mail address in the message body.

E-mail forwarding

E-mail forwarding is another service provided by many Internet service providers that will automatically forward your e-mails to your new e-mail address. However, there are several disadvantages (as listed below) to this service that you may want to consider first.

  1. You will continue to receive SPAM messages, e-mail solicitations, and any other e-mail you may not want to receive.
  2. No one will know your new e-mail address because it is being forwarded to your new address.
  3. If your old e-mail address expires, any mail still going to the old e-mail address will be lost.

If you're interested in setting this service up on your old e-mail address, contact your e-mail provider or Internet service provider to see if it is available and can be enabled.

My old e-mail address has expired or been canceled, what should I do?

Unfortunately, the only thing you can do is create a new e-mail address. Almost all companies who automatically expire or cancel your account because of no activity will not re-enable the e-mail address.

If you're paying for your e-mail or your e-mail is being provided by your Internet provider, it's likely your e-mail may have just been suspended because of late payment or no payment. Often, once payment has been received, your e-mail can be reactivated.

Finally, if your e-mail service provider also maintained your address book, unfortunately, it too has been permanently lost.

My e-mail address has a spelling error, can it be modified?

You cannot modify your e-mail address because of spelling or other error. To change the e-mail address, you must create a new address.

Can I make my e-mail appear to be coming from a different domain?

Although you can spoof your e-mail address, making it appear as if you are coming from a different address or domain, you will not get any replies since all replies are sent to the address you are spoofing. If you want to be able to send and receive e-mail from a different domain, we suggest looking into an e-mail forwarding service that can send and receive your e-mail from various different domains and forward any e-mails received to an e-mail address of your choice.

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