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. Open your Google Account.
  2. Under "Personal info & privacy," select Your personal info and then Email and then Google Account email.
  3. 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. Go to the About me section of your Google Account.
  2. Under "Personal contact info" or "Work contact info," select Edit Edit.
    • If you don't see the relevant section, at the bottom right, click Add info Add info.
  3. Under "Email," add, edit, or remove your email address.
  4. Select 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. 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 and select 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. Open your Google Account.
  2. Under "Personal info & privacy," select Your personal info and then Email.
  3. Click Add recovery email.
  4. Follow the onscreen instructions.

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. Open your Google Account.
  2. Under "Personal info & privacy," select Your personal info and then Email.
  3. Choose Advanced and then Contact email.
  4. Add your contact email address.
  5. Check your inbox for your verification email and open it.
  6. Click Verify contact email

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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