Infinite Gmail Addresses

There’s a neat little trick to get the most out of your Gmail account that I have been using for a few years now. I had shared this with the testing team at my previous company and they used it to create multiple test accounts with the same Gmail account. When I was talking to a friend the other day, he mentioned that he was unaware of the same. So here’s a post on the same.

When you create a Gmail address, it looks as follows: “username@gmail.com”. (Note: As a bonus you also get username@googlemail.com to play around with, thanks to a trademark dispute in the UK in 2006 which was later resolved).

There are a couple of ways to tweak your address aand still be able to receive your email.

  • Add one or more dots anywhere in your email address.
    Gmail ignores these dots, so you get to use any number of dots and still have a valid email address. So you could tell others that you email address is user.name@gmail.com, u.s.e.r.name@gmail.com or userna….me@gmail.com.
  • Append a PLUS (‘+’) sign and text
    You get to create infinite addresses again by appending a ‘+’ sign followed by any combination of words or numbers. For e.g., with username@gmail.com, you can create username+1@gmail.com, username+testing@gmail.com, username+blog@gmail.com, username+twitter@gmail.com and so on.

The advantages of using your Gmail this way is that it is easy for you to track your email and create filters based on these. As a internet citizen, it is common to signup for a website every now and then. So when you do so, you could just add the website name after your email (username+websitename@gmail.com) to keep track of it.

Note: If you have a Google Apps account with a custom domain, it does not ignore dots in addresses.