Last updated on March 23rd, 2020 by Chris Griffin

If you’re looking to change a Gmail address but don’t want to get rid of your Gmail account, you’ve come to the right place.

I have a common name. An internationally common name? No. But growing up in Massachusetts common? Yeah, it’s a common one. There was something like 10 Griffins in my high school. And there’s a character from a fairly popular cartoon with the same name.

When it came time to get a Gmail account, myname@gmail.com wasn’t readily available. In fact, nor was any combination of my first name, last name, nicknames, or initials. Not a one. I was kind of early to Gmail too – back when you had to be invited – but obviously not early enough. 

I got frustrated…and I didn’t really care. I wanted a Gmail account so I could use GChat. So I slapped a few random digits on my last name and created an account. I had a Gmail account and the address was slightly more presentable than the Red Sox-themed yahoo.com address I had previously been using. I was happy at the moment, but it didn’t take long for me to regret my decision. 

You give out your email address a lot. Think of all the services that you use that require an email address. Think about all of the customer service interactions you have where you need to give out an email address. And what about the professional situations in which you need to provide an email contact? Your email address goes on your resume!

If you haven’t noticed, it’s probably because you have a solid email address. But because you’re reading this blog, you’re probably well aware.

When you have an immature email address or one that’s a mouthful, it’s an uncomfortable experience every time you have to share it. ‘That’s Griffin, my last name, with three 1’s, two 8’s, and one 4 at gmail.com.’ 

Even writing that makes me cringe. I can’t imagine how wrestlemaniaxix2003@yahoo.com feels. 

In many ways, your email address establishes your online identity. Sure, your LinkedIn and Facebook profiles reveal a lot more about you, but your email address defines the first digital impression you make.

So, I started researching how to change a Gmail address. I didn’t want to get rid of my Gmail account. I’m not a business owner, Gmail is fine for my personal email needs. But changing it and keeping my current Gmail account wasn’t exactly a straightforward process. Google it

Sure, I could have created a new Gmail account and forwarded it to my old one. But I can’t imagine better names have become available in the last 10 years.

Fortunately, I got a job at Titan. Not only have I become hyper-aware of how embarrassingly unprofessional my email address, I now know how easy it is to change it without getting rid of my old account.

Here’s how. 

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How to Change a Gmail Address

Step 1. Get a domain

If you already have a domain name registered for your business and want to use it for your email address, great! But if you don’t have a domain name, no problem! Titan will help you get one.

In the event that the domain name you want is not available or is too pricey, we’ll also give you some suggestions for an alternative.

Step 2. Get a new email account

You’ll need to set up an email account at your domain and forward it to your Gmail account. If you set up an account with Titan, this will literally take a few minutes. 

Step 3. Forward your incoming email to Gmail

In your Titan inbox, click on the gear icon > preferences > forwarding.

From there, click Email Forwarding On, enter your existing email address, and click save. That’s it. 

Titan email forwarding

Step 4. Stop using your embarrassing email address

You don’t need to go through the trouble of sharing your new email address with your old contacts, as you’ll receive emails sent to both addresses in your inbox. But you can update your resume, LinkedIn, business cards, and whatever else with your new professional email address. And you’ll never have to embarrass yourself again when giving out of your email. 

Get started on Titan for Free

Give it a shot, let us help you find a domain and get started on Titan for free for 30 days. After that, it will only cost you $1.49 a month to keep your email credibility. 

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Originally published 20th February 2020 02:43:22pm, last updated on March 23rd, 2020

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