Because Gmail doesn't recognize dots as characters within usernames, adding or removing dots from a Gmail address won’t change the actual destination address. Messages sent to email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org are all delivered to your Inbox, and only yours.
Gmail allows only one registration for any given username. Once you sign up for a particular username, any dot variations are made permanently unavailable for new accounts. If you believe that a message was sent to you accidentally, we suggest contacting the sender to inform him or her of an incorrect address.
If you created your account with a dot in your username but want to change it, you can edit your 'Reply-to address.' To edit your reply-to address:
- Click Settings at the top of any Gmail page.
- Open the Accounts tab.
- Find the email address marked default and click edit info.
- Click Specify a different "reply-to" address.
- Enter your username without dots in the 'Reply-to address' field.
- Click Save Changes.
For security reasons, when you log in to Gmail, you must enter any dots that were originally defined as part of your username.
Note: Google Apps recognizes dots. If you'd like to receive mail with a dot in your username, please ask your domain administrator to add the desired username as a nickname in your user account.
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