Make Infinite Gmail Addresses For One Inbox

by Liam Hammett · 2 minute read · #productivity

Google’s Gmail allows people to get a free email account—but it seems that a lot of people aren’t aware that this gives you access to almost unlimited unique email addresses that will all point to the same inbox, just by making a couple of simple tweaks to it.

Here’s how you can make use of this yourself:

Use @googlemail.com instead of @gmail.com

One useful trick is to note that both the gmail.com and googlemail.com domains work interchangeably.

example@gmail.comexample@googlemail.com

Add dots to the username

The username part of an email address (anything before the @) can have a dot/period placed in any part of it.

example@gmail.comex.ample@gmail.com

example@gmail.comexam.ple@gmail.com

example@gmail.comex.a.m.ple@gmail.com

example@gmail.comex..ample@gmail.com (cannot have two consecutive dots)

example@gmail.comexample@g.mail.com (cannot put dots in the domain)

Add a plus at the end

The end of the username can have a plus (+) appended to it, followed by anything you want - making practically infinite combinations available.

example@gmail.comexample+1234@gmail.com

example@gmail.comexample+hello.world@gmail.com

Note: This trick also works with email addresses made through Gsuite!


Any combination of these tricks can be used in conjunction with one another to create a truly unique email address that you know you won’t have used elsewhere before.

example@gmail.come.x.a.m.p.l.e+123456@googlemail.com

Why would I want to do this?

There are a handful of reasons these features of Gmail can come in useful:

  • You want to sign up for a site or service a second time
  • You’re developing a web application and need to test email sending a bunch
  • You want to sign up to a website or service, but with a unique email address — this way if you get unsolicited emails from someone you’ll know exactly who sold your data
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Liam Hammett

Full-stack software developer that loves working with PHP, Laravel and Vue.