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Henry Peck
06 Apr 2020

Instead of using Google anything,think about downloading Mozzila Thunderbird. It's much more secure.

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Joe Bruno
06 Apr 2020

I agree with Henry. Mozilla Thunderbird is a better alternative for most people. And it doesn't stop getting the email after 30 days, as you mentioned.

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Marvin Alper
06 Apr 2020

I use Mailwasher to check my email accounts. I have five of them and am able to check them all at once. I am also able to set up spam filters and automatically see if any are soam and delete them.
with Mailwasher only I am able to review them without opening them. Only in formation that Mailwasher provides is From, Subject, when received and which account Only after running Mailwasher I have it open Outlook and read the email.

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James Green
06 Apr 2020

I use Thunderbird to handle two gmail accounts and up to 6 emails for a nonprofit. You can tell at a glance if you have a new message in any of the accounts, and it is easy to keep the nonprofit related items separate from my gmail accounts. Plus, the search function in Thunderbird makes it easy to find past emails, in individual accounts or all at once.

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Stephen
06 Apr 2020

I, too, use Thunderbird. I use it for my personal email addresses from my ISP. They are POP3. I also use Microsoft Outlook (2013) desktop for my work email (also POP3). That way, I don't accidentally send a message to wrong folks from home.
Using a desktop app for email means you need to send mail from there if you wish your threads to be accurate and complete. Sure, you can reply via your phone's email app, but be sure that the bcc back to you is set up so you have a record on your desktop of what you wrote.
Since Gmail doesn't work as a POP3 account, you'd have no problem sending emails from your phone or desktop.

My question for the all-in-1 scenario: how do you pick the 'from' address when you are sending from your ONE address? Or are you not trying to maintain the old individual values?

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howard
06 Apr 2020

i try to stay away from anything Google, they are just too nosy, track everything one does, well almost everything!

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Bill Funkhouser
06 Apr 2020

I agree, with using Thunderbird. I have used it since the early days and it does a great job. I have a gmail account as my main account too, and I read, file, delete etc in Thunderbird.

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Laurie
06 Apr 2020

I’ve had multiple addresses ported to my Gmail account for well over a decade. It works very well. I can select the “from” address from a drop down on both new and reply emails. I never need to log into the other email accounts. Since it is web-based, I don’t have the limitation inherent to using a desktop client for consolidation. It’s really quite seamless.

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Wayne Werth
06 Apr 2020

What Laurie just said...

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PeterB
06 Apr 2020

Another way around it is to use the mail package on a tablet or phone (I use Apple's on my iPad) which allows you to consolidate the in boxes of all of the mail accounts into one logical in-box. You then see everything in the 1 place, though it's possible to get swamped if all of the accounts get piles of emails. I have 1 main account and a few 'occasional e-mail' accounts, so it works well for me. And on the PC I also think Thunderbird is great (though using IMAP they are all separate inboxes on here.)

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Phil
06 Apr 2020

I also am a Thunderbird(er)and the forwarding is instant, not several days or hours with no limit for how long it will do it.

Actually you're not forwarding in Thunderbird. TBird fetches your email from all your other
accounts.

Tbird's junk filter and message filters are dynamic and, IMO, can't be matched.

Another big selling point for me is that your messages are kept local. I wouldn't trust the cloud to keep anything personal.

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Stephe
06 Apr 2020

I maintain an account for those sign-ups where I may want them to be able to contact me in the future (disposable addresses for those where I won't) and a separate address for friends and family.

I don't trust Google with anything, but that's your choice.

The local client solution works for me. Thunderbird is fine, but I started with The Bat! years ago and stick with what I know.

Each to their own, but rather than just pushing Google, Bob, you might have mentioned Thunderbird as an option.

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gene
06 Apr 2020

I've used Yahoo Pro for 22 years. I used gmail as my backup address, some businesses/services require that, I've also got an iCloud address I sometimes use as a backup. I don't use Gmail for much because I don't trust Google and never will. I don't even use Chrome more than once a month, they try to track you everywhere, all the time. I do use Firefox, Vivaldi and recently Brave (which is an outstanding browser) plus Safari occasionally. All my mail is already in Yahoo, I don't need another place to look. I like being able to access it via any web interface, I always have. See no reason to change that.

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Tomzzz
06 Apr 2020

I have 3 email addresses (2 gmail and 1 outlook.com). I simply forward the gmail addresses to my outlook.com email account. (I prefer outlook's user interface, like having actual folders instead of "labels"). But that's a discussion for a later date...

In outlook.com I also set up a rule to move emails from my gmail accounts to a folder in outlook so I know where they came from by glancing at my folder list in outlook.com. This step is of course optional.

The benefit is that all email accounts are still receiving emails from time to time which are immediately forwarded to my main email account. So, all email accounts remain "active" without me having to do anything special!

Working very well for me for many years.

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Gary R
06 Apr 2020

I have used a program called Chaos Intellect for many years. Collect mail from all your addresses and also includes a calendar, tasks, agenda, projects and contacts. Great program that has everything in one place. Not free, but worth the price. They offer a free trial if interested. Love the search feature the most. You can find anything in any of those areas with a single search.
Also like not using Google and information is on your computer although they offer cloud service for a price.

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James
06 Apr 2020

Add my name to the list of Thunderbird fans. I have been using it for 15 years and I have yet to find anything better. Accounts are easy to add, sync and even delete. Google does not need even more of my info.

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MartinW
06 Apr 2020

Does this (Gmail, Thunderbird, etc.) work for multiple email accounts from the same source? I have around 20 email accounts that I still use (and several I haven't tried for years). The active ones include 6 Gmail accounts, 8 AOL ones, and all the others from single sources. Can ALL of these be combined? And is there a limit? I get approx. 800 emails daily at what I consider my MAIN new contacts/junk mail-(A LOT)/updates/etc. address.

Posted by:

kevin
06 Apr 2020

To answer Martin's question (and maybe Stephen's)...Thunderbird lets you easily choose which of your multiple email addresses to send a message from. The account that you were reading just beforehand will be the active folder shown on the navigation pane of the Thunderbird interface. So if you click "Write", the new message window for composing will open with that same account already filled in as the sender. If you actually intended to write from one of the other addresses instead, the "From:" field has an arrow at the end to drop down a list of other accounts to choose from. That change can be made any time before you actually send the completed message.

A related nice feature is that you can set an option to always delay the actual sending of a message, *after* you click "Send", by a fixed amount of your choice. (I use 5 seconds.) During that delay, you can cancel (i.e., temporarily hold off on the sending) for any reason. For example, after you finished the body and scrolled to the top to find and click the Send button, maybe you noticed that the "From" or "To" address is not the right one. Maybe you realize you should add a CC address for an additional recipient (or that a CC really ought to be a BCC instead). Or maybe, in the calmness of waiting those few moments, you have second thoughts and feel you don't want that angry email to go out after all - or at least not just yet.

Using an email client like Thunderbird is always better for me, if for no other reason, because I can search through and read all my old mail any time I want, regardless of whether I am online. It's also easy to copy and paste content between messages in different accounts if needed. Both the emails and the attachments are saved locally, yet also can be saved in the servers of the individual email services (an option you can set differently for different accounts). I use a mixture of POP and IMAP style email handling, depending on what each provider allows for free. Accounts that are webmail based can still be accessed via a web browser, if necessary, such as when you need to use a borrowed or public device for some reason. In that case, of course, you will need to actually know your login credentials to login, which your Thunderbird client normally would handle for you.

Like Gmail, Mozilla';s Thunderbird is free, but it is also open source. And while Gmail may do well handling multiple accounts in some aspects, you need to be online to do anything with it. Finally, there is the fact that Google surely has too may tentacles into your life already. Your email communications are better off not being part of that as well.

Posted by:

MarkL
07 Apr 2020

9 email accounts . . . Thunderbird!!!

Posted by:

Nascar68117
07 Apr 2020

"WOW" - I had used "earthlink.net" for over 12 years on their dial-up service @ $12.50 a month and decided I needed a higher [faster] intercom server ,then Cox offered me 40 M ,rather than 40 G's per month. I jumped on it. . They walked me thru the Windows Address Book transfer ,but Cox could not help when I was not receiving my earthlink e-mails with my earthlink e mail addresses. All I have now is a windows icon with my earthlink "OK'D" addresses and a Link external acct address book that is not transferring.

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