Want to create a Gmail alias? Whether that’s to be able to use extensions like MailTag on your less used email accounts, or whether you want to be able to send emails from your main account, as someone else, creating a Gmail email alias is super simple.

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In this guide, we’ll show you exactly how to do it, but also about the main benefits of creating a Gmail alias.

The Main Benefits of Creating a Gmail Alias:

  1. Send emails as someone else from your main account.
  2. Use the MailTag email tracking on your less used email accounts.
  3. See everything in one spot.

How to Create a Gmail Alias

  1. Go to your main Gmail account.
  2. Click on the ⚙️ icon.
  3. Press on Accounts and Import (just Accounts in G Suite.)
  4. In the Send mail section click on Add another email address.
  5. Input the name and address you want to use as your Gmail Alias.

This is where you input your secondary email.

Does this email have to be real?


Gmail needs to verify it.

Otherwise, if everyone was able to just connect whatever email they want, that would allow for quite a bit of fraud.

After you put in your name and email, you will need to actually sign into your Gmail account.

And this is where most people will have issues when trying to create an email alias.

What issue?

That if you click on Add Account, you will not be able to sign in.

That’s because for some reason, this method even though from Gmail isn’t seen as secure.

When that happens, you will need to confirm that it was you, and then will need to go to Less Secure Apps part of your Gmail followed by enabling less secure apps.

Next, you will have to wait quite some time, ranging from 4 to even 24 hours before those settings are changed.

So perhaps have a coffee?

How to Create a Gmail Alias

Once the settings are changed, try again, and you should be able to get to the last step which is the verification which requires you to either click on a link your receive or to type in a code you receive.


When in your Gmail composer, you will now see an option to change the email you send the email as, and that’s it. That’s how easy it is to change your email Alias in Gmail.

Email Tracking on Several of Your Accounts

Have a few accounts that are important to you, but at the same time, you only send very few emails from, yes would still like to be able to know when and where the emails were opened, along with what links are clicked on?

We get that.

By creating a Gmail alias, you are able to bypass the issue.

Simply connect your secondary account to your main one, and when you select to send your email as someone else, and then send it, provided that email is sent from your main MailTag account, you will be to track all the information that you can normally track with MailTag.

Sounds great? Why don’t you try it out right now?

Don’t currently rock MailTag? What are you waiting for?

→ Add MailTag to Chrome 

Want to Forward Your Emails to Your Main Account?

Creating an email alias is great, but if you want to fully merge your email account, you will need to also forward your emails.

Doing that is also relatively simple.

  1. This time, on your secondary email, press on the ⚙️ followed by clicking on Forwarding and POP.
  2. Click on Add a Forwarding Address.
  3. Input the address you want to add.
  4. Click on Next followed by Proceed.
  5. Now, on your main email, you will get an email that will ask you to confirm that you want to forward emails to your main account.
  6. Lastly, go back to your Forwarding and POP settings on your secondary email account, and now press on “Forward a copy of incoming mail to…”

And that’s it.

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