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 go to the website of the e-mail provider you want to change to.  For example, if you want to change to a "" 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

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 include the new e-mail address in your e-mail message.

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, 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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