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I'm a big fan of Google services in general, and use quite a few of them. I don't happen to use gmail though. I do have a gmail address as part of my account, but I don't ever check it. I have added my regular email account as an alternate in my account settings, but I can't seem to figure out how to make the alternate address the primary one. Because of this I never get any notices from my account because they all go to gmail, which I never look at.

This page: has a note about setting the alternate address as the primary by first deleting it, but gives no further information on what to do next. OK, I've deleted it about a dozen times now but I still can't set it as the primary address.

Anyone have any suggestions? Thanks.

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You could always set your Gmail to autoforward everything to the email address you actually use. – Al E. Feb 25 '14 at 22:37
See also: Change Google's notion of primary email address – Al E. Feb 25 '14 at 22:38
I saw those posts. Thx. I was hoping that things had perhaps changed in the 3+ years since that first one. Alas. – pedorro Feb 26 '14 at 0:50

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Google consumer accounts only admits non address when the account doesn't have a address.

If your account has an address, you should first cancel the account Gmail address.

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