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How I use one Gmail address for multiple Soundcloud accounts

Do you know the Gmail "+" trick to use one email for multiple accounts on one service?

Here's a little trick I use that works for any service. 

I talked about this on the podcast episode I did with artist Mortimur K.

In this case, let's say I used up all the uploads I have for my free Soundcloud account. With this trick, I can open a new free account and use the same Gmail address.

I don't want to create another Gmail account to sign up again. 

Using my one Gmail address for multiple accounts on the same service

I don't remember when I learned this but you can alter the name on a Gmail address. Like, let's say mine is "tom@gmail.com". To be clear that is not my email. I wish it was, but this is just a short example.

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Start with the original Gmail address

Add a "+" after the email name

Where it says "tom" on the address I can put a "+" after that.

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Add a "+" after the email name

After that "+" I can write something to remember what account it is. For example, I could add soundcloud1. So it would be "tom+soundcloud1@gmail".

Gmail ignores everything after the "+" until it gets to the "@" symbol.

(RELATED POST: Mortimur K: Photographer, Writer and Musician - Tom Ray's Art Podcast)

So I could create as many accounts like this as I want. 

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Create as many of these as I want

If I use up that free Soundcloud account for that email I can do it again with something like "tom+soundcloud2@gmail". 

They all go to my original Gmail account

All of these emails I use will go to my one Gmail account! 

What's great is the messages I get will be labeled as the email address with the pluses. So if people send me messages I know what account it came from! 

When I use these additions to the email address the service sees it as a different email because it doesn't match the one in their database.

I can use this trick anywhere

I can do this with all kinds of things, Twitter accounts, free Canva accounts and I don't have to create a different email for it. So when I have a free account and it tells me "you've used your limit" I just think "okay I'll just create another account" and it all goes to my Gmail.

Note: It only works with Gmail

As far as I know, it only works with Gmail, putting a plus after the name. But this is a neat little trick I learned that I use all over the place!

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