Manage your email addresses

Choose which email addresses you use to do things like sign in to your Google Account, get back into your account if you lose access, and get information from Google.

Google Account email

This is the main email address for your Google Account. It's set as your primary email when you create a Google Account, but you can choose a different primary email if you like.

To change your Google Account email:

  1. On your Android phone or tablet, open your device's Settings app Settings app and then Google and then Google Account.
  2. At the top, tap Personal info.
  3. Under "Contact info," tap Email.
  4. Tap Google Account email.
  5. Follow the steps on the screen.

Other email addresses

About me emails

These email addresses are from your "About me" page. You can control who sees these email addresses across Google products like Drive, Photos, and Google+.

  1. On your Android phone or tablet, open your device's Settings app Settings app and then Google and then Google Account.
  2. At the top, tap Personal info.
  3. Under "Choose what others see," tap Go to About me.
  4. Under "Personal contact info" or "Work contact info," tap Edit Edit.
    • If you don't see the relevant section, at the bottom right, tap Add info Add info.
  5. Under "Email," add, edit, or remove your email address.
  6. Tap OK.

Learn more about controlling what others see about you across Google products.

Alternate emails

You can add a non-Gmail email address to your account and use it to sign in, recover your password, and more.

  1. On your Android phone or tablet, open your device's Settings app Settings app and then Google and then Google Account.
  2. At the top, tap Personal info.
  3. Under "Contact info," tap Email.
  4. Under "Alternate emails," tap Add alternate email or Add other email.
  5. Enter an email address you own. Tap Add.

Learn more about alternate emails and how they're used.

Recovery email

Add a recovery email address to get back into your account quickly and securely if you forget your password or get locked out.

  1. On your Android phone or tablet, open your device's Settings app Settings app and then Google and then Google Account.
  2. At the top, tap Security.
  3. Under "Ways we can verify it's you," tap Recovery email.
  4. Follow the steps on the screen.

Learn more about account recovery options.

Contact email

Google notifies you at your contact email address when there is important information that you need to know about your Google Account or the products you use, such as YouTube. By default, Google uses your Google Account email for contacting you unless you add a contact email.

This email address can be from any email provider, but it should be one you check frequently.

  1. On your Android phone or tablet, open your device's Settings app Settings app and then Google and then Google Account.
  2. At the top, tap Personal info.
  3. Under "Contact info," tap Email.
  4. Tap Contact email.
  5. Tap Add other email.
  6. Enter an email address you own, and then tap Add.

Note: Some Google products still use your Google Account email even if you add a contact email.

When we'll send you emails

We'll use your email address to communicate with you in certain situations. For example, we'll email you when we need to:

  • Help you access your account when you can't sign in or forget your password.
  • Send you important security-related information about your account, like when there's unusual activity with your email address.
  • Send you updates about your account, like when you're running out of storage space or when we've made a policy change.
  • Deliver a receipt for your Play Store purchase.
  • Send you updates about Google products and services that you've asked to receive.

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