How to Create additional Gmail or Addresses Without Creating Any New Email Accounts

By | September 25, 2022
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How to Create additional Gmail or Addresses Without Creating Any New Email Accounts

In this tip, we’ll show you how to increase the number of email addresses you have without having to create new email accounts and thus having to remember even more passwords.  You can use periods to create multiple Gmail addresses using a single Gmail account (I love being wordy). For instance, is the same as

And is the same as

is the same as…

Or, if you dare, is the same as

One crucial rule though – you can’t use a period directly before the @ sign in your email address. No, I tells ya! That’s a big no-no!

This is for Gmail users. Period.

However, do not try the above with accounts or you’ll be sorry because you won’t get any mail addressed to you that way and you’ll be wasting time thinking of clever email addresses like I’ve done while writing this. If you want to be clever with periods (or dots) then you, my friend, need a Gmail account.  And if you hurry, you might still find that is still available for you.

This is for Gmail PLUS & Hotmail users

The headline is not just a pun. You can plus your way to add additional email addresses (without creating additional email accounts) with Gmail and using a plus sign.

So, if you are writing the CIA (and I don’t advise you do that unless you really need companionship badly) you can use

For example, if your Gmail address is or See? This gives you several new email addresses while needing only one account.

Think of the possibilities!

Got it? Use your imagination but just remember the first thing in your email address (before the +  or . ) must be your real username which we’ve kindly highlighted below in blue:

See? So, Abraham can put anything after AbrahamETuwitzel+ as long as the words are connected with dashes — or underscores ____ or periods (Gmail only).  For example, is the same as  Whatever you put after the + is up to you, but anyone can figure out your real email address because it’s what comes before the + (plus sign) that counts.  See?

If you use an address you can use these tips too. Just follow the rules for

OK! That should give you all kinds of wonderful ideas.

Another good reason to use PLUS + addressing

Another good reason to use + (Plus) after your email user name, is to find out where (some of) your spam is coming from.

Let’s say you want to sign up for Fred’s Great Onion Recipes email newsletter and your name is Lucy B. Jupiter. You can use the PLUS sign + to sign up to Fred’s mail list with your or address using plus addressing this way:



Now assuming you don’t use that same PLUS address for anything else, if you start getting an avalanche of spam coming to your or address, you can be certain that old Fred is abusing your email address. 

A couple more things

Just in case you’re seething about my casual use of capital and lowercase letters, let us remind you that:

And finally… If your name is really Abraham E. Tuwitzel or Lucy B. Jupiter, and you get a lot of junk and spam mail because of this, we’re sorry. If you send us a really large donation, we’ll take your name off of this post and use Beulah Ceefus Pernadine Fatuous, instead. And in the unlikely event that your name is Beulah Ceefus Pernadine Fatuous, and you make an extremely large donation, we’ll take your name out of this post and use…

6 thoughts on “How to Create additional Gmail or Addresses Without Creating Any New Email Accounts

  1. Carol Carlson

    Hi TC. Thanks for this eye-opening post. I am sorry that I have already signed up for all the notifications I want to receive. Is there a way to alter email addresses after the fact?

    Thanks for all your thoughtful and fascinating ideas.

  2. Marty


    I subscribe to all your newsletters and have learned so much, but I have a question about this tip, and feel foolish for missing what must be obvious – aside from “fun” or the example you gave about spam from Fred, of what benefit is there in doing this?
    I mean, for me I use “ If I give out “” to different roofing companies for an estimate, I’ll still end up with the same number of emails in my In Box. So please forgive me but aside from the one example (Fred) you gave, of what benefit would it be to me to use “dots and plus signs”?

    Thank you.


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