Got a gmail account? Do you know you can create unlimited gmail addresses with one account? This article going to tell you how to do that.

There is only one rule to create your instant gmail addresses, that is all your new address need to have your original username as prefix and a “+” followed by it and finally some alpha-numeric combinations to create your instant address. Let me explain with an example, say ‘johndoe@gmail.com’ is a gmail account, ‘johndoe+work@gmail.com’, ‘johndoe+list@gmail.com’, ‘johndoe+abc@gmail.com’ and so on… This way you can create unlimited gmail addresses. 

Though you can have numerous gmail address like this, the mails sent to all these address will be received in your original gmail account inbox. Technically gmail neglects all the characters that comes after ‘+’ symbol to find the right gmail account. The remaining part of the email address (that comes after ‘+’) is your choice.

What is the use of this instant gmail address

Let’s say you need to sign up for a mailing list that interests you, but you’re afraid spammers might get your address. We’ll call the list “flowers”. Sign up with the list using the address “johndoe+flowers@gmail.com”. Now if this “flowers” spam you or if they sold your email address to other spammers you can simply find out the particular mails that has been sent to you with this ‘+flowers’ either by searching or setting filters.

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Next article will explain how to efficiently use this instant gmail addresses using ‘filters’

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Sakthi Tharan

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