gmail logoGmail does not recognized (.) dot as a character within user-names. You can add or remove (.) dots from your Gmail username without actually changing the email address, i.e. you can create as many aliases of your email address and all will point to the primary address only.

For eg. your email address is username@gmail.com

#Adding a dot anywhere in the username wont change the email address.

So for example:

A mail sent to user.name@gmail.com or u.sernam.e@gmail.com will get delivered to the username@gmail.com.

You can even create aliases with such high alterations:

username@gmail.com = us.er.na.m.e@gmail.com
username@gmail.com = USERNAME@gmail.com
username@gmail.com = User.Name@gmail.com

All these addresses will behave similarly. You can verify this by signing into Gmail with your username by adding or removing a dot from it. You’ll still go to your account.

#You can even create aliases by adding some random text after you username preceded by a + sign. For eg.

username+test@gmail.com

The mail sent to above email address will get redirected to the username@gmail.com.

These limitations of Gmail could be brought into various uses:

1. Create multiple accounts on twitter using a single email address. (for eg. personal a/c and business a/c)

2. If you need to enter your email address at any untrustworthy place you could enter some alias instead of your original address. So you can block it at some later stage if required.

for example –

While signing up to any newsletter you could enter – username+newslettername@gmail.com

So in case of any spamming, it will be easy for you to identify who distributed or sold your email id to third-party and you will be able to easily block it.

Note: Google Apps does recognize dots. If you’d like to have a dot in your username, please ask your domain administrator to add your preferred username as a nickname.

  • Hi Namit,

    Good and really useful info.

    Thanks
    Ashvini

  • Thanks for information :)

  • Great info. Thanks for sharing !

  • Irina

    Hello Namit, thanks for this tiny but helpful tip!

  • Harry Sehgal@Adsense and BloggingTips

    I was knowing about this before. yopmail.com also creates disposable mail id.

  • Regis

    Also you can use the googlemail domain: example@googlemail.com