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Combine Your Email Accounts Into a Single Inbox: Here’s How

Nancy Messieh 20-09-2017

Juggling several email inboxes can be a hassle. Luckily, all the main email providers — Gmail, Outlook, and Yahoo — let you combine your email accounts into one single inbox, to send and receive email all from one place on the web.


This will come in particularly handy to those of you who don’t like the idea of using a desktop client.

Are you wasting too much time by checking several inboxes every morning? Stop it! Follow our step-by-step guides for Gmail, Outlook, or Yahoo, and you’ll have all your emails in one unified inbox.


With Gmail, getting all of your other email accounts into your Gmail inbox 4 Ways to Simultaneously Manage Multiple Gmail Accounts Many of us have multiple Gmail accounts to separate private email from work and projects. However, life is rarely linear and we often find ourselves going back and forth between different accounts. How do you... Read More couldn’t be easier. The feature is built into Gmail’s native settings. Head to your settings and follow these steps…

Under Accounts and Import > Check mail from other accounts, click Add a mail account. A pop-up window will open up where you can enter your other email address.


With some email platforms, the process is simplified with a tool introduced last year called Gmailify. When adding your Yahoo, or Hotmail/ address using the method listed above, Google will ask you if you would like to use Gmailify to link your accounts. In this case, you’ll just have to log in using your email account credentials, but you will have to grant Google full access to that account.


Note: None of the additional settings listed below will be available to you, including adding labels. You can always manually create a filter How to Set Up Email Filters in Gmail, Yahoo Mail, and Outlook Email filtering is your best tool in keeping your inbox neat and organized. Here's how to set up and use email filters in Gmail, Yahoo Mail, and Outlook. Read More for all emails coming from your Gmailify-linked account if you prefer.


To add a POP or IMAP account, add your name and email address. You can also choose whether or not to use the address as an alias.

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By checking the alias option, you will only be able to send email on behalf of that account but won’t receive replies or messages in your Gmail inbox. If you want to manage that second email address from your Gmail inbox, make sure that you don’t check treat as an alias.


Next, you will be prompted to enter the password to the account you want to add to your Gmail inbox. Other information relating to the server and port are usually pre-populated for you, but in some cases you will have to enter them manually. If you’re adding a work email, be sure to get these settings from your tech administrator.

You will receive a verification code sent to your secondary email address. Depending on your email provider, this might end up in your junk folder. Once you enter that verification code in you should be able to send and receive emails directly in your Gmail inbox.

Using Alternative Email Addresses

When composing a new email, you should now have a drop-down menu in the From field where you can choose which address to use to send a message.

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If at any time, you want to remove those accounts from your Gmail, just go back to  Accounts and Import > Check mail from other accounts and click delete or unlink.

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With Outlook launching a web-based interface and taking Hotmail’s place Hotmail Is Dead! Microsoft Outlook Email Services Explained Stop searching for Hotmail! Microsoft Outlook email services are confusing. Here are Outlook web app, Outlook Online, and others explained. Read More , you can now use the service to create a unified inbox. Sign in with your Microsoft Live account, or sign up for a new account if you don’t have one.

These are the steps you have to follow to add other accounts to your inbox:


Click the gear icon and select Options. Under Accounts click Connected accounts. Under Add an email account, you’ll find two options: adding a Gmail account or any other kind of account.

If you’re connecting a Gmail account, you can either connect it as a send-only account, or as an account that you will use Outlook to manage The 5 Best Free Alternatives to Microsoft Outlook As awesome as Microsoft Outlook can be, there are good reasons to consider an Outlook alternative. Here are the best options! Read More completely.

Like with Gmailify, you will be granting Outlook access to your Gmail account. Outlook will be able to read, send, delete, and manage your email messages. For other email accounts, you will have to enter your email address and password, and may have to also enter your POP/IMAP settings manually. (If you’re unsure of these settings, don’t check the box that says Manually configure account settings and Outlook may be able to automatically detect those settings.)

In both cases, you can choose if the imported mail will be in a subfolder of its own, or into existing folders, and you can also create custom labels.

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For all non-Gmail accounts, after going through these steps, you should receive a verification email at your secondary email address to allow you to send emails from your Outlook account.

Like Gmail, you’ll be able to select your sent from address using a drop-down menu from the compose window.

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You’ll see all added accounts under Manage your connected accounts. You can also edit, refresh, and delete accounts using the buttons directly above the list of email accounts.

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If you prefer to use Yahoo Mail 6 Most Popular Email Providers Better Than Gmail and Yahoo Mail Each free email provider listed here offers different benefits and all of these email services are popular choices. Read More as your primary inbox, log into your account, and do the following:

Click the gear icon and select Settings. Go to the Accounts tab and from there you can add other accounts or mailboxes.

Click Add another mailbox and a popup window will open up with five options: Yahoo, Google, Outlook, AOL, and other. In the case of the first four, you will simply have to log into that account using your credentials and grant Yahoo access to that account.

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Unfortunately, clicking Other brings up the disappointing message that your email provider is not supported yet, so if you’re using any other type of email aside from these four, you won’t be able to connect it to your Yahoo account.

Once you’ve logged in, you can select the name you will use when emails are sent from that account through Yahoo, as well as a inbox name. That inbox will now appear directly under your main Yahoo inbox.

If you want to send an email from your Yahoo inbox, make sure you have that inbox open. If you want to send it from a connected account, make sure you have the inbox of that account open. You cannot select the address you are sending from in a drop-down menu like you can in Gmail or Outlook.

To remove an account, go back to Settings > Accounts and click on the email address you want to remove and click Remove inbox.

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Mail Forwarding

It’s also worth noting that if you don’t want to access your email accounts using POP you can always use the workaround of forwarding your emails to your primary inbox, given you provide access to send email as that account. Gmail, Outlook, and Yahoo all provide users with the email forwarding settings.


In Gmail go to Settings, and select Forwarding and POP/IMAP. Under Forwarding, click Add a forwarding address. You can then just add the email address you want to use as your primary inbox and be sure to click the verification email that you receive.


In Outlook, click the Gear icon and select Options. Go to the Forwarding tab under Accounts.

You will have to verify your account by receiving a verification code to your phone number. Once you’ve entered the verification code, refresh Outlook, and you should be able to enter an email address to forward email to Avoid This Email Forwarding Mistake in Unauthorized email forwarding can send all your email messages to a nefarious third party. Here's how to check if you're affected and what to do if so. Read More . (Outlook says that email forwarding requires verification in order to prevent spammers from taking advantage of the feature.)


With Yahoo, click the gear icon and go to Settings > Accounts. Click on the Yahoo email address at the top of the Accounts tab. Scroll down to the end of the screen and you can enter a forwarding email address. You can also choose to mark forwarded emails as read in your Yahoo inbox.

Your Email Inbox Sorted

We showed you how to unify your Gmail, Outlook, and Yahoo inboxes. Now you can check all your email accounts from one single inbox. This should help you stay on top of your emails more easily and with less time wasted.

If you also want a convenient way to manage email newsletters and keep out spam 5 Apps to Manage Good Email Newsletters and Unsubscribe Junk Do you like subscribing to newsletters? These tools help you manage them in your inbox and unsubscribe the ones you don't want. Read More , we have apps for that.

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  1. Bhavya
    May 31, 2019 at 2:38 pm

    except gmailify only lets you link ONE account with your primary account.
    The developers aren't smart enough to figure out how to let it connect more than one.

  2. Steven Schoch
    February 26, 2018 at 12:17 am

    For some reason, I can't connect another Yahoo email to my primary Yahoo email. (I already have 2 others linked. It says "3 of 50 used.") When I click the "Add mailbox" button, as you describe in your Yahoo section, it gives me the screen titled "Select email provider", but Yahoo is not listed - only Google,, Aol., and "Other".

    Where is the Yahoo button?

    June 6, 2016 at 8:58 pm

    every single email I have, doesn't matter if 2 is yahoo 1 is aol one is outlook one is som other shit...dis site wrks fo em all g??

  4. Rafat R
    January 28, 2015 at 12:28 am

    I have nearly 30 emails with a different host like gmail, outlook, yandex and etc... Any idea how could I combine all of them without using apps or windows clients? As far as I understood outlook and Gmail have limites :/

  5. Ng Yong Ann & Ng Ann Ann
    April 3, 2013 at 8:50 am

    All one box

  6. harley
    March 12, 2013 at 7:43 pm

    I started with one email address & ended up with several. I had different emails going to different addresses. Total waste of time, so now I have everything forwarded to my original address which is Outlook (formerly Hotmail) and I use rules to pop them into different boxes.

  7. Sadia Yamin
    February 6, 2013 at 1:04 pm

    Hi All,
    I was looking for this kind of apps for a long while where I can combine my all email and social profile.Then I found MultiMi at .Its free........and obviously you will love it..... :)

  8. David
    January 6, 2013 at 5:39 pm


    Good aricle :) I have followed your directions to send/receive my emails from my Outlook(Hotmail) account. The only problem is that Outlook(Hotmail) has saved the new sky account as David Morrison (on behalf of so emails are received from on behalf of David Morrison ( not simply from David Morrison ( as I was expecting? Any thoughs?



  9. Russell Smith
    November 5, 2012 at 5:53 am

    Hello Nancy Messieh,
    It is the biggest advantage of Outlook to configure multiple accounts in a single inbox. But it can lead to duplicate e-mails in Outlook inbox folder. So you must have basic awareness about how to remove outlook duplicate Emails to avoid redundancy.

    Russell Smith

  10. Daniel Cantu
    October 16, 2012 at 9:24 pm

    This is awesome, less passwords to remember.

  11. Raghav Gupta
    October 15, 2012 at 5:24 am

    any way to add 15 emails in one??? I cannot add more than 5 :(

  12. Yash Desai
    October 11, 2012 at 10:35 pm

    how did i not know how to do this before, thanks!

  13. Yash Desai
    October 11, 2012 at 10:34 pm

    This is the best thing to ever come to email

  14. SoftandHost
    October 11, 2012 at 3:14 pm

    Very useful article , i was really in search of like this.

  15. Rana Adeel
    October 11, 2012 at 7:52 am

    Thank you, I found this very easy to follow and now have my emails all going to one place. I appreciate it!

  16. King Indronil
    October 10, 2012 at 6:06 pm

    oo ya now thats great wanted to connect that rediff account but they say POP is a paid service that was a joke from rediff i wont use it any more

  17. King Indronil
    October 10, 2012 at 5:37 pm

    now just connect that with way2sms and done all emails in inbox free through sms great article thanx

  18. scott boyer
    October 10, 2012 at 5:10 pm

    I just got finished combining my emails at gmail very easy thank you

  19. kendall sencherey
    October 10, 2012 at 5:02 pm

    thanks for the information once again, it is really useful.

  20. Alex Perkins
    October 10, 2012 at 4:57 pm

    Thanks, having 7 email accounts is a real pain!

    • michael muyembe
      May 3, 2019 at 6:00 am

      hi, actualy am finding h't difficult to combine just wondering if u can help ,Michaelmuyembe2@gmail.Com
      mail me please

  21. Mihovil Pletikos
    October 10, 2012 at 4:50 pm

    w8 and wp7 have nicely done all this so you don't need to worry :)

  22. Sam Kar
    October 10, 2012 at 3:27 pm

    Thanks. I'm currently using the same. Yahoo emails fwd to Gmail.

  23. Raj Sarkar
    October 10, 2012 at 3:05 pm

    Needed this very much. Thanks a lot! :D

  24. Anonymous
    October 10, 2012 at 2:23 pm

    I want an email client that looks similar and works like the default gmail client of android for my windows xp pc. Any recommendation?

  25. Chee Yong Hsia
    October 10, 2012 at 1:48 pm

    Thanks for the tip.

  26. Kulwinder Rouri
    October 10, 2012 at 1:19 pm

    Great post, this will save a lot of time.

  27. Anandu B Ajith
    October 10, 2012 at 10:19 am

    cant combine Yahoo To Outlook Why

    • Aditya Roy
      October 10, 2012 at 1:46 pm

      read the last paragraph anandu...

  28. Ahmed Khalil
    October 10, 2012 at 9:45 am

    this is one of articals i need to save in my list so i can use later, that is why i suggest to add this facility in the site

    • Nancy Messieh
      October 10, 2012 at 2:38 pm

      Is there a specific service you use?

  29. Ahmed Khalil
    October 10, 2012 at 9:33 am

    very important, thanks for this valiable information

  30. Aditya Roy
    October 10, 2012 at 7:57 am

    When i try adding my yahoo account to outlook. It says- "Check your user name and password, but the problem may be that Yahoo! requires you to subscribe to Yahoo! Mail Plus"

    • Aditya Roy
      October 10, 2012 at 8:03 am

      I should have read the yahoo section too.

  31. Anthony Monori
    October 10, 2012 at 7:46 am

    Or just use a desktop email client, it saves you from all this hassle

  32. Mburu Solista
    October 10, 2012 at 7:02 am

    good work let me try it out

  33. Ramamoorthy
    October 10, 2012 at 6:16 am

    Thank you MUO..!

    • Drew Butler
      October 16, 2012 at 12:51 am


  34. Brian Mok
    October 10, 2012 at 4:14 am

    Couldn't you just use a desktop email client like Thunderbird and get all your emails through there? They're separate inboxes, but you still get all your email from all your accounts in one place.

    • Alan Wade
      October 10, 2012 at 9:58 am

      You can use most of the desktop clients. What I do is set up my accounts (gmail, yahoo, and isp) with Thunderbird or Postbox etc then set a rule to move the messages to one place.

    • Scott
      October 10, 2012 at 12:05 pm

      And two things I particularly like about my Outlook (2007) desktop client that no online client has (that I know of) -- and few offline clients have -- are: 1) Auto-correct when composing messages and 2) the ability to edit the subject and/or the body of *received* emails.

      Re: the latter: though I'm something of a read-and-delete emailer half the time, I do, nevertheless, save a lot of incoming mail. And I can't tell you how many emails I have gotten that had either a vague, deceptive or missing subject. I'm sure it's the same for us all. Well, rather than going through the trouble of 'forwarding to self' or opening the message in a text editor for editing and saving, with Outlook one just changes the subject and saves. Presto !

      With these two features, I'm really liking using Outlook 2007 for managing my email accounts.

      {Of course, having said all this, I realize that the emphasis of this article is not so much "online clients vs. offline clients" as it is about "checking webmail accounts individually vs. checking them in one central webmail location." But the content of some of the comments so far does go to show that, despite its popularity, webmail has not fully replaced offline email client use. :-) }

    • Nancy Messieh
      October 10, 2012 at 2:39 pm

      Of course - that's what desktop clients are for - but this is a good way of getting away from having to use extra software, or be able to access all of your email accounts in one place no matter where you are.

  35. thenonhacker
    October 10, 2012 at 4:11 am

    And this is why I switched from Yahoo, in favor of!

    • Harish Jonnalagadda
      October 10, 2012 at 2:55 pm

      Yeah the new interface is awesome.

    • fatihamzah
      October 11, 2012 at 12:41 am

      Yes, its faster too

    • thenonhacker
      October 12, 2012 at 1:46 am

      Yahoo is taking too long to enable free HTTPS for all users!