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One Gmail Account to Rule Them All: How to Have MORE Than Five Accounts in Google’s Mail Fetcher

May 12, 2008

Google’s Mail Fetcher allows you to receive and send mail from other POP-enabled accounts. It does this by checking that account once every hour. You can navigate to it by visiting your Gmail account > Settings > Accounts.

There is a maximum to this, however. Google will not check your 25 thousand email addresses every hour. This is too much of server strain. So they figure, let’s just give each person five!

Any web-crazed person knows this isn’t enough. I probably have more than 30 accounts from more than 20 providers, including Gmail to Hotmail to The point is, achieving Simple Inbox (all your email in one place and Inbox Zero together) isn’t possible anymore.

One of the choices are to fetch email to one account and have another account fetch that. The problem with this is that you don’t know where it is from.

So you quickly fill up your five available slots now. You’ve got it to label your email so you easily know what email address it is from.

And now you’ve got a 6th Gmail email (it only works for more Gmail emails; don’t know about others). Here’s how to do it.

Have that Gmail open. Navigate to Settings > Forwarding and POP/IMAP and get to the forwarding section. Type in the email address you want to forward to and then make Gmail archive “its copy”.

Now log out and log back into the email address you are forwarding to. Make a label saying all email from the previous account goes into the label.

And there you have it. A simple way to do something simple. Not a complex way to do something simple. And what simple thing am I talking about: going easy on yourself. You shouldn’t have to work to relax. Now you won’t have to switch from inbox to inbox!

4 Comments leave one →
  1. Back Buffer permalink
    May 12, 2008 8:17 pm

    Lol, it’s smart idea. however, sadly not working.

    The reason why it’s not working, (for people like us — we never pay for email services…), is most of the email services do *NOT* provide a pop access!

    Just go and try, yahoo, msn,, blahblahblah, only very few of them, with almost no-one-knows domain names, can be retrieved by POP.

    Well, I’d have to say, if you ever have a “paid” account, things are totally different then.

  2. May 14, 2008 7:22 pm

    Yeah, but maybe one day the people at Microsoft and Yahoo will suddenly think and go “I think we should offer POP!” Then the world will be beautiful.

    Google’s Gmail is so far ahead of everybody. I have to say that because when Hotmail and Yahoo have not even implemented even POP for their email systems, Gmail has gone ahead and implemented IMAP already! Just goes to show why Google is awesome.

  3. May 16, 2008 10:36 am

    I like your blog. I stumbled here via the random next blog button.

  4. Tv Mounts permalink
    February 19, 2010 9:09 am


    I love teh idea of how gmail works but 5 accounts sucks! I have been using thunderbird to pull my emails in but now they have made changes and its useless now so I have deleted it.

    I have 50 different email addresses now and so I will try this hack…. fingers crossed it works!


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