The username I want is not available

Gmail lists a username as unavailable if:

  1. The username or a very similar variation is already in use, either in the exact format you're requesting or canonical format. For example, if example@gmail.com already exists, you can't create examp1e@gmail.com.
  2. The username was in use but the address has been deleted.
  3. We've reserved the username to prevent spam or abuse.

When you're creating an account, we don't reveal details about why a specific username is unavailable, or whether a username has been deleted.

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