How to Combine Two (or More) Gmail Accounts

Merge your Gmail accounts together to have one master account

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To merge your Gmail accounts is to combine them into one so that you can find all the mail in the same place but still send mail from any account at any time, on a per-email basis.

Ideally, combining or merging two or more Gmail accounts would be a quick, one-button process - but it's not. Make sure to read through our steps one by one, and follow any links for more information if you need it.

Note: If you just want to access all your Gmail accounts on the same computer, you don't necessarily have to merge them.

See How to Switch Between Multiple Gmail Accounts for easy instructions on logging in to your other accounts.

How to Merge Gmail Accounts

  1. Import the emails from your other accounts directly into your main Gmail account. 

    Do this in your primary account's settings, in the Accounts and Imports page. Next to Import mail and contacts:, choose Import mail and contacts. Login as the other account that you want the email from, and follow the on-screen instructions to import all the messages.

    You need to do this step for every account you want to copy the emails from. You can check the progress of the merge from the same Accounts and Imports page.
  2. Add each secondary address as a sending address to the main Gmail account. This will let you send email from the account(s) you added in Step 1, but do so from your main account so that you don't have to login to those other accounts.

    Note: This step should have already been completed after finishing Step 1, but if not, follow the instructions in that link to set up the sending addresses.
  1. Set your main account to always reply to messages using the same address that the emails were sent to. For example, if you get an email on your secondaccount@gmail.com address, you want to make sure you reply from that account too.

    Do this from your Accounts and Imports page. In the Send mail as: section, choose Reply from the same address the message was sent to.


    Or, if you don't want to do that, you can of course pick the other option to send mail from your primary, default account.
  1. Once all the email has been imported (Step 1), set up forwarding from the secondary accounts so that new messages will always go to your primary account.
  2. Now that all the old, existing emails from all your accounts are now in your primary account, and each are set up to forward new messages to your main account indefinitely, you can safely remove the Send mail as: accounts from your Accounts and Imports page.


    Note that you can definitely keep them there if you want to be able to send mail under those accounts in the future, but it's no longer needed for the mail merge since all the existing messages (and future messages henceforth) are stored in the primary account.