Sign in to your Google Account with another email address

When you create a Google Account, you automatically get a Gmail address. But if you’d rather use another email address to sign in, you can link a non-Gmail email address to the account and use it to sign in, recover your password, get notifications, and more.

When choosing an alternate email, follow these requirements:

  • You can't use a Gmail address.
  • You can't use an email address that's already linked to another Google Account.
  • Remember to use your Google Account password when signing in using this email address.

Add an alternate email address

  1. Open your Google Account. You might need to sign in.
  2. Under "Personal info & privacy," select Your personal info.
  3. Choose Email and then Advanced.
  4. Next to "Alternate emails," select Add alternate email or Add other email.
  5. Enter an email address you own. Select Add.

We'll send an email with a verification link to your alternate email address. You'll need to open the email and click the link before you can sign in to your account with the alternate address. You might not get the email right away.

If you can’t find the message, see our tips to find the verification email or request a new one.

Remove alternate email addresses

  1. Open your Google Account. You might need to sign in.
  2. Under "Personal info & privacy," select Your personal info.
  3. Choose Email and then Advanced.
  4. Next to the alternate email address you want to remove, tap Remove Remove.

See which usernames you can remove from your Google Account.

When people might see your Gmail address instead of your alternate email address

When people share things with your alternate email address, they will sometimes see your primary Google Account email (Gmail) address listed instead. Some examples include:

  • Google Docs: When someone shares content, like a document, with your alternate email address, your Gmail address will show instead of the alternate address.
  • Google Sites: When someone shares a site with your alternate email address, your Gmail address will show instead of your alternate address.
  • Calendar: When you respond to invitations forwarded from your alternate address, the event organizer will see the responses come from your Gmail address.
  • Google Keep: When someone shares a note with your alternate email address, your Gmail address will show instead of your alternate address.
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