Google Doesn't Require You To Login With Dots

You can use any combination of dots in your Gmail address, and the email still goes to the same place (i.e. [email protected], [email protected], [email protected] are all the same). Turns out you can also log into your Google account with any dot combination.

If your Google account username/Gmail login is jane.smith, you can also login as janesmith, or ja.ne.smith, or any combination you prefer. If you're typing manually, the dot-free version seems like a good pick. In addition in being able to login without the dots, Google blog Google Operating System writes that, as we highlighted in the past:

It's important to keep in mind that Gmail ignores the dots from your username when receiving a message, so you'll get all the messages sent to [email protected], [email protected], [email protected] and other similar addresses. The requirement to enter the same username you used when you created the Gmail account might have helped you keep the account secure, but it was really annoying.

The change is just for Gmail users only; Google Apps users for domains do require fidelity to the dots.

Dots No Longer Required When You Log in to Gmail [Google Operating System]


Comments

    This has to be a glitch...

    I get spam from a guy with the same email address than me, he has a . between our first and last names.

      Grant,

      Spammers often imitate your e-mail address in order to attempt to bypass junk mail/spam protection.

      You will probably find that this is why you are receiving spam of this nature.

        What happens if there are people with similar addresses? For example, what if two different people set up life.hacker and lifehack.er or something similar? Would Google see them as one address or deliver the correct mail to each inbox? What about when they log in?
        Perhaps it all comes down to the password. Hopefully nobody else has the same username and password combination as you do so Google can safely recognise which inbox is yours.

    This is a big problem! I manage a group mailer for my church here in Australia, which is now going to a guy in the USA unnecessarily because one of my users has the same gmail address except for a period between their names. What can I do to stop "spamming" the guy in the USA? Can we make the period mean something or not? For what its worth the USA guy uses the period. Surely we don't have to find another email address?

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