My university gives me an email that looks like


Fortunately, I am allowed to make an alternate name for my email, like


All of the email is still sent through ab123456. In fact, when I set up the SMTP settings, I have to use this address. On my desktop client, I can send emails that say that they were sent from first.last. Is there a way of doing this in the new Gmail app?

I am using the new Gmail app (which absorbed the Email app) in Android 5.0.

  • Any news on this?
    – rok
    Nov 10 '16 at 15:22
  • None that I know of.
    – Greg d'Eon
    Nov 10 '16 at 16:16
  • As I have the same issue, I've just tried without success to find a way to do it in gmail app..But discovered that you can easily do it in Email app built in my samsung device..
    – rok
    Nov 10 '16 at 16:19

Proper aliases, where you can pick either address as the sender, isn't possible in Gmail. However, in your case I understand you never want to use ab123456@domain; you always want to use first.last@domain.

In that case, when adding a new account, use first.last@domain as your email address and choose manual setup. Enter your password when prompted and then, in the incoming server settings, change your username to ab123456@domain. Enter all other settings and do the same for the outgoing server.

Now you have email setup for your account that will always use first.last@domain when sending email. It will of course read email sent to either.

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    Thanks for the partial workaround. It's crazy that Android's built-in email app doesn't support aliases. It makes it unusable for me, unfortunately! Jun 26 '18 at 10:57

I don't know if this is what you're looking for, but you can send emails from Gmail through multiple accounts and set the account that you want. I use myusername@gmail.com, and myworkemail@myworkdomain, both going through my Gmail app. When I compose an email, I change the email address under "From". However, to get that, I changed the settings on the web to allow me to control access to that account. I might be wrong.

If you want to try it, you can go to Settings > Accounts and Import on the web and look under Send Mail As. You can then add another email address that you own, which would be your first.name@domain email address. I believe that would work. I don't know if anyone else has a better idea, but that's what I do. I know my example uses two different domains, but the principle is the same.

  • You are referring to distinct mailboxes. The OP is referring to aliases that share a single mailbox. Gmail supports this for their own service, but not 3rd party.
    – Eddie
    Dec 17 '21 at 3:35

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