When you can’t get in to your Gmail account, it’s important for Gmail to be able to reach you with a link that lets you reset your password. One smart way to make sure you can always recover your Gmail account is to have an alternate email address on tap. It’s better to have more than one on record because, as it goes, Gmail addresses fall out of use and favor. Or, of course, you may lose a password.
To change your secondary email address:
- On your Google account page, click Add or remove email addresses under Email.
- Type the desired email address under Add an additional email address:
- Make sure you will be able to access mail at this address in the future.
- School, University and Work email addresses as well as accounts tied to any telecom provider are all likely to change.
- An address at your personal domain or another email service is often better choices.
- If you do choose an address likely to change, make sure you update the alternate Gmail address when it does.
- Note that you cannot use another Gmail address as your alternate address, and that each address can only be associated with one Gmail account.
- Click Save and Follow the verification link.
- Type your Gmail password again under password and Click Verify.
To update your secondary Gmail address: Click Edit next to your alternate email address. Type the updated secondary email address, then click Save.