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Use Gmail as your universal email account

If you are one of those —who does have “a multitude of email addresses”, like me. Then you must be wasting so much of your time checking up on email from various places i.e. least to say —there may be many “different Gmail accounts, Yahoo mail accounts, Hotmail account” and last but not the least —”mail accounts from own domains”.

As for domains, you have multiple of options available from FREE to use & Commercial” part. How about —”consolidating different web mail accounts into one”.

Hence, Gmail seems to be the best, for consolidating —”ALL email under one account”. Lets us now jump on to consolidation part.

One mailbox to rule them all!

You need two things:

  • Mail forwarding
  • Gmail “send from” feature

That’s easy, isn’t it? Almost all webmail (and domain email) accounts have forwarding. And Gmail has a “send from” or “send as” feature that lets you send from any address you’ve proven to be your own. Theoretically, you can make use of your Gmail address to be your universal inbox, and also the account from which you send email from any of the other addresses you own.

How to do it step-by-step

  1. Set up your other email to forward to your desired Gmail account. Most web-based emails have this. If you are using a hosted solution (for your own domain, for instance), you can control mail forwarding with cPanel, Plesk, or whichever control panel your provider uses. If in doubt, ask your host’s customer service.
  2. Set up Gmail to “send as” your alternative email address. Go to Settings–Accounts. Under “Send mail as,” click “Add another email address.” Enter your name and alternative email address here. You may also add a “reply to” address if you want your users to reply to a different email by default.
  3. Click “Next step,” then “Verify.” Gmail will then send your alternative address the verification link and code.
  4. Since you’ve already set up your alternative email to forward messages to Gmail, simply open up your Gmail inbox (in a new window, perhaps) to get the code. Click on the verification link, and your new “send from” address will be activated.

Sending from your alternative email addresses is simple. Everytime you compose new mail, you will be presented a drop-down box from which you can choose among the addresses your email will be using as “sender.” When replying, meanwhile, you can select under the Settings–Accounts menu whether to reply using your “default” address or reply using the address the email was sent to.

Now you can use Gmail to handle incoming messages to your alternative email address, and also to send messages from this address. You can set-up up to as many “send from” addresses as needed!

No more accessing multiple email accounts to get your mail!

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Use Gmail as your universal email account

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