How To Combine Two or More Gmail Accounts

Merge your Gmail accounts to have a single primary account

Merging your Gmail accounts means combining several accounts into one so that you can read and send all your email from any of your accounts in one interface. Here's how to merge two or more Gmail accounts, along with links for more information.

The directions here apply to the Gmail web interface, which you can access using the browser of your choice on both desktop and mobile devices.

If you want to access all your Gmail accounts on the same computer, you don't have to merge accounts. Instead, simply switch between your Gmail accounts.

How To Merge Gmail Accounts

Follow these general steps to access your Gmail accounts from a single account.

  1. From your primary email account, open Settings > See all settings.

    The "See All Settings" button in Gmail
  2. Go to the Accounts and Imports page.

    Gmail settings with the Account and Imports header highlighted
  3. Choose Import mail and contacts.

    Import mail and contacts link
  4. In the small window that appears, log in as the other account from which you want to import email, and follow the on-screen instructions to import all the messages.

    Sign into your other email account popup

    Repeat this step for every account from which you want to import emails. You can check the progress of the merge from the Accounts and Imports page.

  5. Add each secondary address as a sending address to the main Gmail account. This way, you can send emails from the accounts you added in step 1 right from your main account.

    Send mail as options
  6. In the Send mail as section, choose Reply from the same address the message was sent to.

    Reply from the same address

    Or, if you don't want to reply from the second account, choose to send mail from your primary, default account.

  7. After all your email has been imported, set up forwarding from the secondary accounts so that new messages always go to your primary account.

    Add a Forwarding Address

Now that the existing emails from your accounts are in your primary account, and each is set up to forward new messages to your main account indefinitely, you can safely remove the Send mail as accounts from the Accounts and Imports page.

You can keep messages there if you want to send mail under those accounts in the future, but it's no longer needed for the mail merge. All your existing and future messages are stored in the primary account.

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