Gmail Does Not Recognise Dots in Email Address

I have been using Gmail since May 2004. During these almost four years, I didn’t know a very interesting feature of Gmail. I just thought to share with those who may find it new addition to their knowledge.

Gmail Inbox Email

I sent an email on [email protected], and surprisingly, the email landed in inbox, while my email address is [email protected]! The mail read “Yes This is you”

Google Mail or Gmail allows only one registration for any given username with all capitalization or dot variations, thus all future registrations are made unavailable for any dot variants.

In simple words, if you have registered for a user name [email protected], no one can register [email protected] or [email protected]

Gmail’s help centre says that Google Mail does not recognize dots as characters with-in usernames, hence adding or removing dots for Gmail address is not going to impact on the destination address; which means, messages sent to [email protected] and [email protected] will reach [email protected]

Tech reporter with over 10 years of experience, founder of ProPakistani.PK


  • hasheesh

    here is a more useful trick. say you apply for a new job and want any of their emails coming to a special folder in your inbox you can make a folder in your inbox called jobapplication or something like that. then give the email [email protected] to your work and any email sent to that address will end up in the folder you made

  • ahan…thanks for sharing this information, quite usefulll :=)

    • Aamir caught commenting on his own post, in the early days of his blog. No issue, sub chalta hai shoro main:-)

  • Gmail is an excellent email service but why this is so. If they are not recognizing dots email dresses then there should no difference in the [email protected] and [email protected].

    But they differentiate. I think there is any other confusion.