Sign in to your Google Account with another email address

When you create a Google Account, you’ll automatically get a Gmail address with it. 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.

Email address 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. Sign in to your Google Account.
  2. At the top, click Security.
  3. In the Recovery & alerts box, click Edit or Add next to Recovery email.
  4. Click Add alternate email address.
  5. Click Save.

We’ll send an email with a verification link to your alternate email address. You’ll need to click the link before you can begin signing in to your account with the alternate address.

Can't find our verification message? Read our troubleshooting tips.

People might see your Gmail address instead of your alternate email address

In some cases, when people share things with your alternate email address, they’ll see your primary Google Account email address (Gmail) address listed instead:

  • Google Docs: when someone shares content, such as 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 as coming from your Gmail address.

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