Changing Email Addresses

When it is time to change your email address, there is a lot to consider. You'll need to notify people you correspond with, but also update a lot of online accounts that use that email address as an ID. The key is to continue to monitor your old email address for a while to make sure the transition is smooth.

Comments: 12 Responses to “Changing Email Addresses”

    Charles Pinneo
    4 years ago

    I have been trying to get rid of my old email address and switch to for about two years. It’s nearly impossible. I wanted to get rid of *****@sbcglobal.net because Yahoo allows Bulk Email allowing juck email. When you switch you lose all your old friend and vendors. You have to go through hundreds of Contacts to send them a change of email address. Plus many incoming emails are not recorded in your contacts. Switching email address is not easy.

    Cindy Janssens
    4 years ago

    One of my concerns about changing addresses is that I have so many important emails filed in folders on my old account. I use msn.com. My Mac Mail shows I have 15000 emails….even though I have killed most of them them from my Outlook account. Can I kill them all out on Mac Mail….and will they still be on my Outlook account online? (Does that make sense?)

    4 years ago

    Cindy: Why not just save that email in some other format that you can search through if you need it? You can select them all and drag and drop them to a file to store in your Documents folder. Or, File, Export as PDF.

    Shirley
    4 years ago

    Excellent BUT! Verizon just caused many who used a “.verizon.net” account for their email in Florida, California and Texas to loose their accounts if they didn’t meet a deadline to change. What do those folks do?

    4 years ago

    Shirley: I don’t know the details of that, but if they forced you to change and you didn’t change in time, then I guess you are out of luck. Seems like a bad thing for them to do if true. Did you contact them to see if there is a way to have your email forwarded? If not, then just start a new email address (NOT at your ISP) and move on.

    Cindy Janssens
    4 years ago

    Back to my second question, if I have 15000 emails in my MacMail account for cynthia22482msn.com….if I kill all of those, will the Outlook account online be affected? Guess I want to know if those 15000 have been downloaded to my Mac and are taking up hard drive.

    4 years ago

    If Outlook works like regular IMAP email, then deleting them will delete them from your account. So they will be gone everywhere. You’d need to ask Outlook or an Outlook expert for an exact answer. Typically with a service like that whether all 15000 emails are copied to your Mac or not depends on your settings. Either way, they probably don’t take up much space.

    Cindy Janssens
    4 years ago

    I guess my real question is does the MacMail app actually download the emails to my machine and store them there. Guess I better to head to the Genius bar for that answer?

    4 years ago

    Cindy: The answer is “It’s complicated.” With Gmail, you can set specific labels (folders) to behave in specific ways on the Gmail server. You can specify the number of emails to download (last 1000, for instance). I’m not sure what your email provider offers in terms of those settings.
    Thinking practically: If you get an email that has an important attachment then save that attachment to your drive or cloud storage. If an email comes from someone you want to continue to correspond with, then save that contact to your Contacts list. Otherwise, treat your email like any Internet service — it is a hybrid of what you have locally (for speed) and what is on the server (everything).

    Ted
    4 years ago

    You mentioned that it’s a bad idea to use an email account from your ISP. Can you explain why? Thanks

    Phil Porter
    3 years ago

    Gary,

    How do I put a picture from Picasa in my emails?

    Thanks,

    Phil

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