OT: Google account versus Gmail confusion

Discussion in 'Broadband' started by Terry Pinnell, Aug 25, 2010.

  1. Apologies for straying OT but I'd greatly appreciate some
    not-too-technical help in unscrambling my brain please. I'm quite confused
    about how to setup and manage Google Mail and (eventually) other Google
    'Apps' like Contacts etc. Alternatively, is there a newsgroup or forum
    others can recommend for this sort of query please?

    Ideally I'd like to start afresh, but so far see no way to do that. As a
    good second best I'd like to ensure I have just one 'Google Account'
    (which I gather is an entity in its own right, separate from Google email
    accounts), plus one GMail account (or GoogleMail - they seem aliases).

    I want to be able to use this 'account' and any associated email
    address(es) on my PC and on my smartphone.

    But when I go to my 'main' Google account on my PC and then try to go to
    Gmail, I get messages I don't follow, as shown here:

    http://dl.dropbox.com/u/4019461/Google Account+GmailConfusion.jpg

    Others (e.g. my son, a Google enthusiast) seem to use all this stuff with
    casual ease, But to me, it all seems to be hopelessly complicated!
    Terry Pinnell, Aug 25, 2010
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  2. I made some progress. I ended up creating new Google account and adding
    various 'services' or whatever they're called to it, such as Gmail and
    Calendar. But that leaves me with an earlier Google account which has
    Gmail and Groups, with 8 groups that would be tedious to re-create.

    So I'm hoping someone here with some know how on these Google web accounts
    can tell me how I can CONSOLIDATE these into one Google account please.
    Terry Pinnell, Aug 25, 2010
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  3. Terry Pinnell

    Victor Delta Guest

    Don't think you can consolidate two Google/Gmail accounts. However, what
    you can do is go to Settings, Forwarding & POP/IMAP for either account and
    then set 'forward a copy of incoming mail' to the other account. This way,
    all your incoming emails will end up in just one account (whichever you
    chose). I find this facility works very effectively.

    Hope this helps,

    Victor Delta, Aug 26, 2010
  4. Thanks Victor, I'll give that a try. Further research reinforces your
    conclusion. Although you can now have both accounts open at the same time,
    following some sort of recent upgrade.
    Terry Pinnell, Aug 27, 2010
  5. Email used to be so much simpler ... ;-(
    Terry Pinnell, Aug 28, 2010
  6. It still is, really.
    Either be happy with your ISP-related email address or set up a domain
    and/or various Hotmail/Gmail addresses as "throw-aways", as required.
    Both of the above systems have excellent anti-spam features, by the way.
    If you have an existing Gmail account in the name of, say
    which you don't want to use, just set up another one
    in the name of, say. and tell your contacts to use
    the new one from now on.

    No probs, really...

    George Weston, Aug 28, 2010
  7. Terry Pinnell

    alexd Guest

    Meanwhile, at the uk.telecom.broadband Job Justification Hearings, George
    Weston chose the tried and tested strategy of:
    There are other tricks you can do with . and + before the @ and use these to
    filter incoming mail:

    alexd, Aug 29, 2010
  8. Thanks both. Well, maybe it will all indeed seem perfectly simple once I
    get stable operation!

    However, I've made progress by eliminating two Google accounts. (Although
    a downside is that one, set up a couple of years ago, gave me access to
    about a dozen Google Groups, so I'll have to re-enter those in my one
    remaining account).

    But I'm now getting DUPLICATES of emails sent to my main (Pipex) address.
    The extra copy is being served via Gmail, but so far I haven't figured out
    exactly why.

    I THOUGHT it was probably down to this setting


    but apparently not, because after deleting it I'm still getting the
    unwanted copy. And I don't think it can be because POP is enabled?

    I'm beginning to think it may be that I had some setting within one of the
    Google accounts I deleted that is still lingering on. The small print
    about account deletion says that usernames used are NOT freed up after
    deletion (and I confirmed that by trying to switch from terrypingm to
    ), so perhaps this is another 'deleted but not quite
    dead' issue?
    Terry Pinnell, Aug 30, 2010
  9. Thanks Phil, I'll investigate that tomorrow.
    Terry Pinnell, Aug 31, 2010
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