Googlemail and Gmail: what are the differences (+tips)

Chances are these days you have a Google account, but there are a number of different addresses associated with it. Then you will notice that there are different addresses: Googlemail and Gmail. But what are the differences and similarities and is Googlemail.com better than Gmail.com? I explain it all in this article.

Googlemail and Gmail: a piece of history

Gmail was launched in 2004 and has been around for quite a few years now. At the time, it still had an invite system, so you couldn’t just get a Gmail address. However, the reason for the existence of Googlemail and Gmail is somewhat more complicated.

Google wanted to launch the mail service in as many countries as possible, but it turned out that the word Gmail in some countries was already registered by other companies. In short, that meant that Google was not allowed to use the word Gmail for the mail service.

Googlemail and Gmail
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These included countries such as Russia, Germany and Poland. Because it was not possible to use Gmail without paying a lot for it, Googlemail.com was chosen instead of Gmail.com in these countries. The service was also launched in England with Googlemail

In Poland, Gmail.pl was used by Grupa Mlodych Artystów i Literatów (GMAIL), a poetry group. In the end, Google even went after the domain name and filed a lawsuit.

In Russia, Gmail was used by the mail service, which also had the address that Google would have liked.

This means that there are still the necessary @googlemail.com addresses worldwide. Nowadays, for example, you can simply create a Gmail.com address in Germany, or switch your old Googlemail account.

If you want to switch an @googlemail.com address to @gmail.com, you can do this via the Gmail/Googlemail web interface: Go to Settings>Accounts>Change to Gmail.

This option is only visible if it is available for your account.

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Does it make a difference whether I use Googlemail or Gmail?

Then of course the big question is: what does it mean to you? Can you use Gmail if you have a Googlemail address and vice versa?

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The answer is a resounding yes. If you have one of the two addresses, you can use them both. So it doesn’t matter which one you put behind the at sign, they both work.

That can provide some useful benefits, but I’ll get to that in the tips of this article.

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What about @google.com addresses?

Then there are also @google.com addresses, but they are not usable for consumers. These are only accessible to people who actually work at Google.

So if you would like such an address, you will still have to apply and be hired at one of the largest companies in the world.

But after reading this article you at least know that you can use @gmail and @googlemail interchangeably, which you can use at certain times.

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5 useful tips to get the most out of your Gmail/Googlemail

To get even more out of your Gmail, I’ve listed some useful tips for you that you may not have known.

1

Use @googlemail and @gmail as different logins

Useful!

You now know that it is possible to use both Googlemail and Gmail as your email address. However, there are many websites and apps who do not see this as the same address. This means that you can easily create multiple accounts with one address.

That saves switching between different mailboxes, so everything arrives neatly in the same inbox.

2

A ‘dot’ in a Gmail address can (not) make all the difference

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If you use a Gmail address, you can put a period in front of the at sign anywhere you want. The e-mail will still continue to arrive in your own inbox. Not necessarily a big application for this in practice, but until a few years ago I had no idea about this myself.

3

Do you use the + in your address

I personally use this tip often. With an email address it is possible to put a + at the end (before the @ sign) followed by letters or numbers. For example, if you want to create an account with a certain service, say Chromefans, you could use this: [email protected] This way you always know where you have used a specific email address.

This can be useful if, for example, a service or a service that you use has been hacked, you know that this only affected your specific email address. Even if malicious people want to abuse it at a later time, you can easily trace back where the data was stolen based on the email address.

4

Better search your emails

Smart addition

Today, a large part of your life resides in Gmail. Accounts, logins, invoices and much more. That is why it is useful to know how to search better in Gmail.

There are a number of handy filters you can use in Gmail’s search bar to help you find emails or attachments faster and more efficiently.

Below is an overview of a number of filters.

Filter Result
from: Search by email sender
to: Search by the recipient of the mail
subject: Search by email subject in Gmail
has:attachment This way you only get search results from emails that have an attachment
has:drive Search results only show posts that have a Google Docs, Sheets, or Slide added
OR (for example, you use this as follows → to:Chromefans OR to:Ruud Filter by multiple search terms

5

Undo Send

oops…

Did you press send too quickly, or perhaps accidentally sent the mail before it was ready: Google has built a handy function in the mail service for that.

Unsend Gmail

Via Settings>General>Undo Send you can easily set how many seconds the sending can be undone. In other words: in this example, Google waits 10 seconds to send the mail, so that you have time to cancel it with the push of a button. Very handy!