I have two Gmail accounts:
- The embarrassing one I set up as a teenager, let's call it
- The serious one I set up as a young adult for job applications etc, let's call it
When I first set these up, I linked them so that I'd only have to check one inbox to see all my emails. Because at the time, I was used to using
firstname.lastname@example.org, had used it for site logins, etc., and it was what my friends, family and other accounts used, I set that up as the account I'd be logged into:
- I added
email@example.com a new "Send mail as" account in
firstname.lastname@example.org's settings then set it as the default
- I used "Grant access to your account" to allow
email@example.com's messages and set
firstname.lastname@example.org forward incoming mail to
email@example.com's inbox and
So, I can be logged in on my browsers and android devices to all those Google accounts - such as Google Drive, Android, Google Play, and Google logins on sites like SE - that are part of the
firstname.lastname@example.org Google account, and that account's Gmail is set to send and receive emails via the newer, more respectable
I thought this worked fine - but then it turned out to be a big mistake. To my horror, I saw things like this creeping in to serious email conversations, even though the sending email account was set to be
From: email@example.com On Behalf Of firstname.lastname@example.org
Sent: 25 February 2016 10:55
Subject: Serious financial matters
Not a great first impression.
How can I switch the priority of two previously linked Gmail accounts, so that
email@example.com is the primary account and no mention of
firstname.lastname@example.org can creep in unless I manually send from that account - but I can continue to be logged in to all the peripheral stuff linked to my original
email@example.com Google account?
I've seen lots of guides on how to do the initial linking of the accounts, but not how to switch the linking around once it's done.