Google’s Gmail service is one of the best email services available today. It has probably the best spam filters of any email service. It also offers excellent inbox organization. Not bad for a free service!
Would you like to use Gmail but are “stuck” with a different email address from some other organization? Would changing your email address be too much of a problem involving notifying all of your friends, relatives, and business acquaintances? Are you presently subscribed to numerous email lists that send messages to your present address? Changing all those subscriptions to point to a new email address could be a problem!
Most computer users think you need a Gmail address in order to enjoy Gmail’s advantages. Actually, that has not been true for years.
I have been using Gmail as my spam filter and inbox organizing tool for more than five years even though I use a non-gmail address. While it has long been possible to “marry” Gmail’s advantages to other email addresses, the process has always been a bit complicated and required quite a bit of knowledge of how email systems work.
If you use Yahoo! Mail or Hotmail/Outlook.com, Google now has an easy solution for you. You can enjoy the benefits of Gmail without going through the hassle of changing your email address. Best of all, the service is free.
Gmailify links your existing account to Gmail so that you get all the bells and whistles, including spam protection, inbox organization, and even Google Now cards based on your mail, without having to leave your current email address behind. All you need to do is create a free Gmail account at mail.google.com. You will be required to create a new email address ending in “@gmail.com” but don’t worry about that. Nobody else will ever see that address unless you tell them. It can be your secret.
Once created, sign in to your new Gmail account and enable Gmailify. You will have to specify the email address, user names, and password of your old account so that Gmail can retrieve messages from that account. Your email correspondents will still reach you at your normal Yahoo.com, Hotmail.com, or Outlook.com email address. The email messages you send will also appear to come from that same address, not from Gmail.com. And of course, you’re always in control—so if you ever change your mind, you can unlink your account(s) at any time, and continue to access them through the Gmail app without using Gmailify. Not bad for a free service!
Gmailify is available now at no charge but only to Yahoo and Hotmail/Outlook users.
Instructions are available in the Gmail Support Blog at http://gmailblog.blogspot.com/2016/02/gmailify-best-of-gmail-without-gmail.html. You also might want to view the video below.
Of course, if you already use Gmail, you don’t have any need for Gmailify. You are already enjoying the benefits.