Android Enthusiasts Stack Exchange is a question and answer site for enthusiasts and power users of the Android operating system. Join them; it only takes a minute:

Sign up
Here's how it works:
  1. Anybody can ask a question
  2. Anybody can answer
  3. The best answers are voted up and rise to the top

I'm using Gmail for all mail related stuff, but the main address I use is not my "real" Gmail address, but something like
I have set up that adress as a sender in Gmail, so every mail that I send from the Gmail web app looks like it's coming from (instead of

So my question is:
Is it possible to use this sender adress in the Gmail Android app as well?
All mails sent by the Gmail app are sent from by default and I can't find anything in the settings to change that to my alternate address.
(as I said, it's already set up and working in the web app...the Android app just needs to access this information somehow...)

My phone is a HTC Wildfire with Android 2.2, and version 2.3 of the Gmail app, if that matters.
Thanks in advance!

share|improve this question
I can tell you absolutely that it can be done; I'm doing it. Do you have both accounts on your phone? – Al E. Aug 9 '11 at 23:32
No I don't, because it's actually only one account, not two. is just set up as an alternate sender adress in my one and only Gmail account, see the link in my question. – Christian Specht Aug 9 '11 at 23:35
Latest version of GMail is 2.3.5. You probably want to upgrade. – Al E. Aug 9 '11 at 23:37
I want, but I can't. When I access Android Market from my phone, I can't find Gmail at all. From my computer, I can find the Gmail app, but when I try to install it, it says that it's not available for my country (I'm in Germany). – Christian Specht Aug 10 '11 at 8:15
up vote 7 down vote accepted

When composing the "From" is a dropdown menu. It has all the accounts you've added via the webmail interface, and it's had this feature for a long time (you shouldn't need to upgrade).

share|improve this answer
Do I have to enable this somehow? When I'm composing, the "From" is not a dropdown menu, it just displays my main Gmail address and that's it. No possibility to change it. – Christian Specht Aug 10 '11 at 8:17
Could it be possible that this is only available in certain countries? I'm in Germany, and I can't upgrade the Gmail app to 2.3.5 either (see my comment under the question) – Christian Specht Aug 10 '11 at 8:18
I'm afraid it might be. I searched high-and-low for a configuration setting that might control this and came up empty. – Al E. Aug 10 '11 at 10:28
That's unfortunate :( – Matthew Read Aug 10 '11 at 14:33
Finally (after ove a year), the problem has solved itself. My Gmail app was upgraded to 2.3.6 a few days ago, and now I'm seeing the "From" dropdown menu as well! – Christian Specht Dec 20 '12 at 20:28

Your Answer


By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.