Incredibly simple and convenient to use.
Despite the fact that Gmail is excellent at filtering spam, I still receive a lot of junk mail from non-traditional spam sources such as store signups or doctor’s office signups. While these emails are not spammed in the conventional sense, they can be irritating if you receive them on a regular basis.
While most businesses have an unsubscribe option in their emails, there are still those that do not. Once you’ve mastered these three Gmail address hacks, you’ll be able to send out an altered version of your email that will still arrive in your inbox, but will enable you to build filters to arrange it however you like. This is it. This gives you the ability to generate an unlimited number of variants of your Gmail email address.
The Dot Hack
If you didn’t know already, Gmail ignores any additional dots in your account name when processing email. As an example, instead of firstname.lastname@example.org, I might write email@example.com.
You can put as many dots in any place as you want, and the email will still be sent to you. Since most forms will consider periods as an allowable symbol of a standard email address, this trick typically works best when signing up on forums or anywhere else online.
The Plus Hack
This Gmail hack has been around for quite some time, and the majority of people are still aware of it. Simply add a “+” after your account name and a word or words to make the email address special.
When I sign up for a bank, credit union, or investment site, for example, I can change my email address to firstname.lastname@example.org. Now I can build a filter that will automatically transfer all emails related to my financial activities to the appropriate label.
Creating a different filter for each financial institution is far more difficult. Many times, a financial institution’s sending email address changes, and you must update your filter to reflect this. You won’t have to think about changing the filter because your customised Gmail address will never change.
The plus hack is extremely useful, but since it is not considered a standard symbol in email addresses, it is often blocked by online forms. If that is the case then the Dot hack or the Googlemail hack I’m about to mention can work in this situation.
The Google mail Hack
Finally, instead of gmail.com, you should change the last part of your email address to googlemail.com! It’s yet another clever way to avoid giving out your primary email address. If anyone else already knows these tricks, they’ll be able to find out your original email address in no time.
As a result, email@example.com is the same as gmail.com. You can just use googlemail.com instead if you want to keep your account name clear without the dots or plus signs.
You may be wondering why this is important because you could simply create a filter based on the sender email address and arrange your emails that way. That approach is perfect, but I’d like to suggest something else.
That method works well, but what if you decided to send out your email address to some clients of a small business you run from home, similar to the financial example I gave above?
If you don’t have a separate business email address, you could send all of your clients an email like firstname.lastname@example.org and have those emails automatically routed to a label you’ve built for business emails. Since you don’t always know the senders’ addresses, building a filter on the personalised To address is far more effective.
These hacks have been around for a long time, and if you’ve used Gmail for a long time, you’re definitely aware of them. If you’ve recently swam, however, if you’ve recently migrated from Yahoo, Outlook, or another email service, it’s a useful function to know about. Have fun!