I have a Google account, with Gmail enabled, that I set up for work purposes. For the sake of example, let's say it's
firstname.lastname@example.org. I tried to create a separate Google account for personal stuff and called it
email@example.com. Google told me that name was already taken.
Oh. I must have set that up in the past. Let me go do password recovery on it.
Great, now I have the password and I can log into
catfoodpersonal. It works and I'm in my work account. Huh. So I must have done something in the past to create what amounts to an alias to that work account. That wasn't what I wanted, because I was trying to get two completely separate mailboxes, but whatever.
Let me send a test email (from outside Google) to
firstname.lastname@example.org. It bounces; there's no such address. So the extra linked alias
catfoodpersonal wasn't set up to receive email.
All right, now I'm totally confused. I can't find anything in the numerous Google account setup pages that shows me what aliases the account has. I can't see where one adds or removes aliases. I definitely can't figure out why the main account name receives email but the alias doesn't.
Long story short, the actual question: How does one add, change, and remove aliases or alternate login names for Google accounts? Secondarily, how does one make an alias eligible to receive email?