When you have a partner, you inevitably sign up for memberships and accounts that equally affect both of you: a dual theater subscription, or health insurance that covers you both. Annoyingly, many of these memberships only let you sign up with one email address. Instead of setting up a third email account, or making a new forwarding rule for every signup, here’s a Gmail trick that you can set and forget.
The trick, from Lifehacker reader Trippple, is to use Gmail’s “ ” feature. Gmail lets you add extra labels in your email address after a plus sign: [email protected], bert [email protected], and bert [email protected] all go to the same address. (This also works with Gmail for custom domains and organizations.)
So Bert could make an address called bert [email protected], and tell Gmail to forward all emails sent there to Ernie (whether or not Ernie is on Gmail).
To set up a joint account, you’ll have to set up a forwarding address in Gmail, then create a filter. But once you set it up, you don’t have to do any more work. You just have to use that special address to sign up for joint accounts.
First you have to assign your partner’s address as a forwarding address. (This is to prevent spam.)
Now you can tell Gmail to always forward certain emails to your partner.
Now when Bert signs up for couples yoga, he can enter bert [email protected] And so can Ernie. Either way, the email will go to Bert, then Gmail will automatically forward it to Ernie.
Note that Bert’s label doesn’t have to have anything to do with Ernie’s email address. It could be bert [email protected] And Ernie doesn’t have to have Gmail for this to work. Which is good, because Ernie still uses AOL.