I created a new Gmail account for my daughter while logged on as myself (account was created using non-Gmail address). While I was doing it, it asked if I want to be able to manage this email using existing account. I clicked yes.

And now I have an account, where main email is my daughter's and I can't change it because it's Gmail and as such it is non-removable.

I can pass my account to her completely, but I can't create new account using my email, because it already exists. I can remove it, but I still won't be able to, because it seems that removed account is not really removed.

I'm pretty sure nothing said I'm setting up new email for my account - I was creating new Gmail address.

Is there a way out of this situation?

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The primary email address of your Google account was "converted" to an alternative email address when you added a Gmail address for your daughter.

From Remove addresses from your account

Here's how to remove an alternate email address from your Google Account:

  1. Sign in to your account at myaccount.google.com.
  2. Select Email in the Personal info box.
  3. Select Edit next to Other emails.
  4. Under "Change your associated email addresses," select the "X" to Remove.

See what usernames you can remove from your Google Account.

  • But I want to keep that email for password retrieval "in case of". Can I do what you suggest and have my way too? Or it will still block me from creating new account for me?
    – AcePL
    Commented May 24, 2016 at 9:35
  • Yes you can do what I suggest and use your email address as a recovery email address. For the instructions to set a recovery email address for your Google Account see Set up a recovery phone number or email address - Google Accounts Help Commented May 24, 2016 at 11:13

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