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How to Create an Infinite Number of Addresses for Each of Your Gmail Accounts
Posted September 15, 2017 in Tech Tips

Here’s a riddle: How many Gmail addresses can you handle inside Kiwi for Gmail?

If you answered “six,” then you know Kiwi for Gmail pretty well. The paid version of Kiwi for Gmail can handle up to six Gmail accounts at the same time.

But the question was not about “accounts.” The question was about Gmail “addresses.”  Most people think these are the same things. But there's a distinction with a real difference which can make life a lot easier for you.

Gmail lets you use an infinite number of addresses with each of your Gmail accounts! You might be limited to six Gmail accounts in Kiwi for Gmail, but each account can have many, many addresses feeding into it!!

You can think of these as addresses that allow you to automatically assign labels to mail coming from different people or organizations. Or you can think of these as “disposable addresses,” to use and throw away.

Please note that this tech tip applies just to people who use true Gmail addresses with Kiwi for Gmail, such as YourName@Gmail.com. This tip does not apply to addresses served by Gmail but addressed to a custom domain like YourName@CompanyName.com via  Google Domains or G Suite for Business.

The all-around useful blog “LifeHackerprovided a couple of tips about creating an infinite number of Gmail addresses:

  • Use periods in your Gmail address. If your address on Gmail is “johndoe@gmail.com,” use a period to break up the given name from the family name. You could tell certain people your email address is “john.doe@gmail.com.” Gmail does not take a period into account when handling your email; all it sees is “johndoe.” But Gmail helpfully does show the period on its interface.

    This means you can sort for mail address “TO: johndoe@gmail.com” versus “TO: john.doe@gmail.com” and assign a label to one or the other. (Labels are Gmail’s equivalent of folders, except an email can have many labels applied.). You can even add periods between every letter of your Gmail account name, such as “j.o.h.n.d.o.e@gmail.com.” For more on this, read Lifehacker’s post.

    This also means that if your email address is “ken.jones@gmail.com,” then the email address “kenjones@gmail.com” is also your address. Gmail won’t assign it to anyone else, because Gmail perceives “kenjones” and “ken.jones” as identical. But it shows you the periods, and you can sort on them for labels.

  • Add words or codes to your Gmail account address. This tip is useful if you subscribe to email newsletters and you worry that your email account will be passed along to others and thus create spam to clog your inbox. Let’s say you want to subscribe to Acme Anvil Company’s newsletter. The address you’d give might usually be “JaneSmith@Gmail.com.” But suppose you’re worried that Acme Anvil is going to give its email list to someone else, even another division of the same company. Now you’re getting unwanted emails from the Jackhammer Company, which is a subsidiary of Acme Anvil. You might not even know why Jackhammer Company is writing to you. If you had given Acme Anvil the email address of “janesmith+acmeanvil@gmail.com” when you filled in the subscription for on Acme Anvil’s website,  you’d be receiving Jackhammer Company’s new email newsletter at “janesmith+acmeanvil.com,” and you’d know who the culprit was! For more on this, read Lifehacker’s post.

You now have an infinite number of addresses to use with your Gmail accounts inside Kiwi for Gmail. Put them to good use and make your life a little easier.