How can I change my e-mail address?

Note: This document discusses ways to change your e-mail address itself, not how to change the e-mail address associated with any of your accounts for an online service or website.

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.

To create a new e-mail address, go to your e-mail provider's website and choose a link for creating a new e-mail address or account. If you want to change the domain name of your e-mail address (the part after the "@" symbol in your e-mail address), you need to get one from that e-mail provider.  For example, if you want to change to a "@gmail.com" e-mail address, you would go to the Google Gmail website to create a new e-mail address.

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.

Note: If you need to change the name or other personal information associated with your e-mail account, you need to log in to your e-mail account and update your account profile.

Mass e-mail new address to friends and family

To make sure you continue to get e-mail from your friends and family, we recommend that you send an e-mail informing them of your new 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 inform the sender of 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 e-mail 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 and e-mail service providers that will automatically forward 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. You may also be able to log in to your old e-mail account and personally set up e-mail forwarding within your account settings.

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 address book was stored and maintained under your old e-mail account, 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, you will not get any replies since they'll all be sent to the address you are spoofing. To send and receive e-mail from a different domain, you need an e-mail forwarding service to send and receive e-mail from different domains.

Tip: Most e-mail services and providers can forward to another e-mail to another address for free. Before looking for an e-mail forwarding provider check with your current provider if you only want to forward e-mail to another address.

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