Sounds weird, I know, but many people, like me, have a Google Account(s) for, say, Gmail, or Blogger, and use, through preference, an Email account which isn't a Google one, say, a Yahoo, or Hotmail account. Google recognise that users have non-Google emails, and have made allowance for it. Google now offers the ability to have the non-Google email address, as a log-in address, by making it an 'Alternative Address' on your Google Account.
What I can't figure out, for example, is how a hotmail email will log-on to a Gmail Email Account? Even if I start with, say, 'BobsBlogs @ hotmail.com', and if I link it to 'BobsBlogs @ gmail.com', as an Alternative Address, how am I going to log-on to the latter, using the former? Even weirder. Am I missing something? Is there a 'button' somewhere? A special screen?
Well, the 'secret' is that I can't have my Gmail account pre-set on the Google Home-Page, and as long as the Email Account I want to use, is NOT associated (linked), in any way, with a Google Account, then it'll be OK, so they say. In other words, I have to be logged-out of Google...completely.
Here's what I mean ...
This is incorrect -
This is Correct -
I can now log-on with my 'Alternative Address'.
Here's how I set it up ...
- To set it up, I need to open the 'My Account' option, on my Google Account, using my Google Account email.
- In the "Personal info & privacy" section, select my personal info.
- Choose Email
- Next to "Other emails," select Edit.
- In the "Add a new alternate address" field, enter an email address I own, and then...
I can always disguard the added Email Address, should I change my mind.
Always expand ('click on') these fine-print notices ...