How to Use Gmail's Email Address Alias Feature

You can't actually generate anonymous or temporary email addresses through Gmail directly, but there is a little-known trick to get extra email address aliases.

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You can't actually generate anonymous or temporary email addresses through Gmail directly, but there is a little-known trick to get extra email aliases.

An email address alias is not a new email account as Gmail will send all emails addressed to your aliases to your pre-existing account.

  1. Add dots '.' anywhere in your email address.
  2. Add a '+' sign at the end and any characters you want after that

Examples

If your original email address is popularvegan67@gmail.com, then the following will all be valid email aliases for your account:

  1. popular.vegan67@gmail.com
  2. popular.vegan.67@gmail.com
  3. pop.u.larve.gan.6.7@gmail.com (you can add as many dots as you want)

and:

  1. popularvegan67+facebook@gmail.com
  2. popularvegan67+randomwebsite@gmail.com
  3. popularvegan67+anythingyouwantaftertheplus@gmail.com

That's all that you need to know! All email sent to any of these variations of your Gmail address will be automatically delivered to your inbox just like any other email.

One note, is that if you are trying to protect your privacy and stay anonymous when creating online accounts, then this approach won't help you. To read more on how to stay private online, read our article about using temporary email addresses with social media accounts.