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How to Change Your Email Address

by on March 31, 2021
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When you’re communicating online, your email address may be the first thing people know about you – and that first impression matters. But there’s a good chance that you created your email address years ago, and it may not reflect what you want to express today.

If you want your email address to leave a different impression, you can change it. Here’s how to change your Gmail address, Outlook email address, Yahoo Mail address and iCloud Mail address. And if you want to change email providers, check out our story How to Switch Email Accounts Without Losing Emails.

How to change your Gmail address

While you can’t straight-up change your Gmail address, you can make some changes to how your emails show up, or you can create a new email address. Here are your options.

To create a new email address:

  1. Sign out of your existing email account.
  2. Go to Google’s account creation page.
  3. Enter your information, then click "Next."
  4. Fill out your profile information, then click "Next."
  5. Sign into your new Gmail account.

While making a new account is a hassle, once your account is set up you can transfer your contacts from your old account.

To do it, sign out of your new account and sign into your original account again. Then:

  1. Open Google Contacts.
  2. Click Export from the left-hand column.
  3. Choose the contacts you want to export to your new account and select Google CSV under “Export as.”
  4. Click "Export."
  5. Sign out of your account by selecting your profile picture in the upper right and selecting “Sign out.”
  6. Sign into your new account by entering your login and password.
  7. Open Google Contacts.
  8. Select "Import."
  9. Click “Select File” and find the file your contacts were exported to. By default, it’s named "contacts.csv."
  10. Click "Import."

You can also just change the name that displays when you send an email. Open Gmail in your web browser and:

  1. Click on the gear in the top right, then select "See all settings."
  2. Click the "Accounts" tab.
  3. Under “Send mail as,” click "edit info" next to your email address.
  4. In the "Name" field, enter the name you would like to display.
  5. Click "Save Changes."

How to change your Microsoft Outlook email address

Unlike Gmail, Microsoft Outlook lets you change your email address outright – and it’s pretty simple. To you create a new address for your Microsoft account – including Hotmail and Outlook – you just have to set up an alias, which is essentially a new address that links to your current email account. You’ll still have your original email address, but this adds another address that you can send and receive email from. Your inbox and contact list will stay exactly the same, which is a big convenience. Just remember that your login will still be your original address.

To make an alias:

  1. Go to the Microsoft account page and sign in (if you aren’t already).
  2. Click “Your info” at the top of the screen.
  3. Click “Edit account info” in the "Account info" section.
  4. Under “Account alias,” click “Add email.”
  5. Under “Create a new email address and add it as an alias” enter your new account name. Note that new accounts can only be made on
  6. Click "Add Alias."

If you already have more than one address tied to your Microsoft account, you can choose which address is your primary address. Here’s how:

  1. Go to the Microsoft account page and sign in (if you aren’t already)
  2. Click “Your info” at the top of the screen.
  3. Click “Sign in Preferences.”
  4. Click “Make primary” next to the alias you want to be your primary address.

You can also change your display name if that’s all you need to do. To do it, just:

  1. Go to the Microsoft account page and sign in (if you aren’t already).
  2. Click “Your info” at the top of the screen.
  3. Click “Edit name.”
  4. Enter your new display name.
  5. Enter the security captcha.
  6. Click "Save."

How to change your Yahoo Mail address

Like Gmail, you can’t change your Yahoo Mail address, but you can make a new account and import your contacts. To make an account:

  1. Go to the Yahoo sign up page.
  2. Enter your information and click "Continue."
  3. Follow the on-screen prompts to verify your phone number and complete your account setup.

Once you have an account, you can import your contacts from your old account. To start importing, just:

  1. Go to Yahoo Mail and sign in (if you haven’t already).
  2. Click the Contacts icon.
  3. Click the triple dots and then "Import from another account."
  4. Click the button next to the correct import option.
  5. Follow the on-screen prompts to log on to your other account and give Yahoo permission to import your contacts.

Again, if you just need to change your display name, you can do that too. To change it:

  1. Sign into your new Yahoo Mail account (if you haven’t already).
  2. Click the gear icon and select settings in the pop-up menu.
  3. Select "More Settings."
  4. Click "Mailboxes."
  5. Click on your email account.
  6. Change the name in the "Your Name" field.
  7. Click Save.

How to change your iCloud Mail address

Like Microsoft, Apple lets you create an alias that links to your existing email address, so you’ll be able to send and receive from a new address without ditching your inbox or your contacts. This includes
If you want to create a new address for your iCloud account – including, or – you can do it by setting up an alias. Your alias will be a new email address that uses your existing inbox and contact list. To make an alias:

  1. Go to iCloud and sign in (if you aren’t already).
  2. Click "Mail."
  3. Click the gear icon in the lower left.
  4. Select Preferences in the pop-up menu.
  5. Click the Accounts tab.
  6. Click “Add an alias.”
  7. Fill out the information for your new alias.
  8. Click 'OK."
  9. Click 'Done."

You’ll be able to select the address you use every time you send an email. Simply click on the From field and pick the right email address from the drop-down. If you want to change the default address, just:

  1. Go to iCloud and sign in (if you aren’t already).
  2. Click "Mail."
  3. Click the gear icon in the lower left.
  4. Select "Preferences" in the pop-up menu.
  5. Click the "Composing" tab.
  6. Click “Set a default address.”
  7. Select the address you usually use.

Like all the rest, you can also just change your display name:

  1. Go to iCloud and sign in (if you aren’t already).
  2. Click "Mail."
  3. Click the gear icon in the lower left.
  4. Select "Preferences" in the pop-up menu.
  5. Click the "Accounts" tab.
  6. Change the name in the "Full Name" field.
  7. Click "Done."

Updated on 3/31/2021 with new instructions

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Elizabeth Harper is a writer and editor with more than a decade of experience covering consumer technology and entertainment. In addition to writing for Techlicious, she's Editorial Director of Blizzard Watch and is published on sites all over the web including Time, CBS, Engadget, The Daily Dot and DealNews.

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From Frances Robinson on March 15, 2019 :: 11:58 am

I gather I can’t change my AOL e-mail address, right?  Sigh.  Anyone know the answer?


You're correct. You can't change

From Suzanne Kantra on March 15, 2019 :: 2:41 pm

You’re correct. You can’t change your AOL e-mail address.

You’d have to create a new account and then tell people about your new email. We have step-by-step directions on how to switch to an Outlook or Gmail account ( without losing any emails.


AOL email

From pdiaz on March 15, 2019 :: 12:31 pm

as the previous message I too would like to know how to change my AOL email without losing my current emails.  is this possible?


Yes, you can switch without

From Suzanne Kantra on March 15, 2019 :: 2:42 pm

Yes, you can switch without losing current emails. Here’s our step by step guide:


Permanently deleting an email address

From David Adam on March 15, 2019 :: 6:03 pm

Can somebody tell me how to permanently delete an email address I set up donkey’s years ago which keeps cropping up, e.g. on my phone I get “Account action required on [] when I haven’t used this address for years.


Yahoo Mail includes this feature

From Terence on August 08, 2020 :: 8:28 am

Yahoo Mail has disposable email addresses, similar to Outlook’s alias addresses. Yahoo has had the feature for years (and years).

Open Yahoo Mail and go to: settings > more settings > mailboxes. The ‘Disposable email address’ feature is on that page. You can have up to 500 addresses.


My email ID has been

From Kavita on December 28, 2020 :: 7:15 pm

My email ID has been blocked and I have forgotten its password.  So I also want to create ID for this please.


I need help with an

From Stephanie Morales on April 01, 2021 :: 5:16 pm

I need help with an email id block


wow, this actually worked. Thank

From erica beck on January 30, 2021 :: 2:31 am

wow, this actually worked. Thank you


Half of a solution...

From Gaƫl de Sauvage on March 04, 2021 :: 2:21 pm

If you create a “shared” mailbox (event shared only with yourself), you will be able to choose its name.
After that you can alias, redirect, etc.
Hope it can help…


Misguiding or title

From Javier Mendoza on March 31, 2021 :: 9:27 pm

You promised on your title that there are ways to actually change an email address, say Yahoo or Google. But in practice, you said it is NOT possible. So your title is wrong or you are aware you are intentionally misguiding us!


Email not readable to the other party I sent to..

From Frenk on April 14, 2021 :: 9:17 am

Hi my email is showing riddles to the receiver , yet I can read what he/she wrote to me. I’m puzzled why can’t they read what I’ve sent to them.. please help thanx…


email address

From Jan Connor on April 14, 2022 :: 9:14 pm

I need my email address changed.


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