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I currently have a Gmail account that is associated with many other Google products such as Google+ and YouTube. My email address currently contains my last name and as I am not getting married I want to change it to reflect my new name.

From another question posted on this forum I understand that you can forward your emails from your old account to your new one and can export/import contacts and filters from the previous account. What I am concerned with is having my Google+ and YouTube account connected to my new email address and being able to use the new address to log in to any Google products. In addition I use OpenId on several third party websites (like here!) and I want those sites to still be able to log me in.

Just to be clear I haven't created a new email account yet.

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migrated from superuser.com Aug 28 '11 at 17:38

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Errm, was that Freudian slip?! – w3dk Aug 28 '11 at 23:01
I would advise against it until all services offer a safe migration route. The entire process is very disjointed so it is best to stay with your services as there are. If your original account is the primary account and the new account is the primary Google account there. A lot of the services (if not all) will not be transferable, especially YouTube. As much as I hate to admit, Google really dropped the cake and does not want to pick it up (I don't know why though). – phwd Aug 29 '11 at 0:21
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According to Google, you can sign in with multiple Gmail accounts using the multiple sign in feature. This feature has been around since 2010.

You should be able to use your old account to maintain your Google+ and Youtube accounts, while using a new gmail email address if desired. Hope this helps!

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Google engineering director provides explanation in this blog post: link – JW01 Aug 28 '11 at 17:04

As far as Google+ is concerned it seems to be possible to use an alternate email account to sign into your Google+ account. From the description there it seems that you may even be able to replace your primary email address.

So basically, after you update your the name on the Google+ account either add the new Gmail account as an alternate or replace the primary account and you'll be able to sign in with the new email.

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Gmail addresses cannot be used as alternate addresses for signing in. Good creative thinking though! – Sarah Price Aug 29 '11 at 18:37
I find their phrasing very confusing so the only way to really know would be to try ! – Itamar Aug 29 '11 at 20:26
I work at Google on Gmail and can confirm that you cannot use Gmail address as alternate addresses for signing in. :) – Sarah Price Sep 1 '11 at 1:53

You can't change your Gmail account. You can create a new one and import things from your old account insofar the services allow.

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While you don't have to use a gmail address as a sign-in for your Google account, a Gmail account is a Google account, and mergers aren't currently possible.

I will quote my own answer to a different question:

Although you can't merge Google accounts, You can change the primary email address of one of them (but not to the address of a different Google account, yeah, sorry).

Two methods:

Use this contact form.

Add GMail under the account, which forces GMail to become primary. Add the email you desire as the only secondary address. Then, delete the GMail account - forcing the new secondary email address to be primary.

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