How to Combine Two (or More) Gmail Accounts

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It seemed a good idea at the time, and as an idea it still makes perfect theoretical sense. Sensible praxis? Not so much.

Separating the roles you play in life not only with different email addresses but also with different email—Gmail—accounts and archives can get more cumbersome quickly than salutary. Switching between accounts in your browser or opening them alongside each other in tabs is easy enough; no way is it as easy, though, as having just one account to account for.

Worse than two separate interfaces is, with all of Gmail's mail searching prowess beneath your fingers' tips, you yet may have to guess the account for searching—and then, perhaps, search twice.

Fortunately, things do not have to be that way. You can turn the good idea of yore into today's good practice. Combining two or more Gmail accounts lets you receive and access (and search) all mail and use all addresses from but one, main account.

After an initial effort to import mail from your secondary accounts, having all mail coalesce at the primary Gmail account will work automatically.

Combine Two (or More) Gmail Accounts

To merge multiple Gmail accounts into one main account that receives all mail and lets you send mail from all addresses:

    You will, from now on, receive all mail from all your Gmail addresses at the one you have designated your primary account. From that account, you can send replies and compose new messages using any of your addresses.

    (Updated July 2014)