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"I Can't Remember my Gmail Username!"

Updated on November 17, 2014

What happened?

So you finally decided to log in and check that email account you created months ago, when your friend finally convinced you to sign up for Gmail. But you realize when you get to the sign in page, you don't even know your username!

What should you do?

The first place to go if you have forgotten your username is to the Google Accounts page. You are asked to enter the secondary email address you provided at registration, as well as your name, and you are able to retrieve your username with that information. Google will send an email with your username to your alternate address. Once you have received the email, you will be able to go back to Google and reset your password with the username.

There is also an option to enter your phone number, if you happened to use that information when you created the account.

Hopefully that is all it takes for you to update your password to your account and for you to begin to enjoy the Google experience!

But what if I didn't enter an alternate email?

If you didn't enter a secondary email address, then things become tricky! The first thing would be to track down a friend or colleague you have sent an email to - they can give you your email address and that will be your username. You can use that to access your account, and recover your password if necessary, following the process listed above. Hopefully you were able to email someone before forgetting your username!

If you haven't sent any emails, then don't worry about it too much and just sign up for another account. And this time - write it down, send an email immediately to a friend, and enter an alternate email address as a backup. There is also the possibility that you may find out your username as you attempt to create your new account and it tells you the username is already in use.

By taking these steps you should hopefully never have to visit this hub again!

Good luck! Let us know how it works out!

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      Roberto 16 months ago

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      kozawlatt 21 months ago

      I forgot old gmail username and password

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      Johnb875 2 years ago

      cell phone lookup by name I was just searching for this baabedfegadd

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      JR 3 years ago from California

      Ask a friend that you sent an email to for your username - it will match the email address you used to email the friend!

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      sanath 3 years ago

      pls this is urgent tell me how can I get my password and user name both I can't remember the both

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      JR 3 years ago from California

      Try asking a friend who you have emailed before to help you - they should have the address in their email account.

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      JR 3 years ago from California

      Find someone who you have emailed in the past and ask them what your username was. Hopefully that helps!

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      Roberto Gil 3 years ago from Bronx, New York

      I had the same problem because I forgot my password. It happens to all of us, you might have forgotten your password or username and now need to recover it or in other instances, you might have been hacked or left your account open somewhere. But, there is no need to worry, this tutorial will help you get your account back by following a couple of simple steps. I was able to recover my Gmail account following this tutorial:

      http://gmailloginsupport.com/recover-your-gmail-ac...

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      muhammea anees ur rahman 3 years ago

      please help me to find my username on the gmail and facebook accounts

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      franco hardy 3 years ago

      could you please help me to find my username on the gmail account i know my password just don't know my username please help me

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      miachel estevez 4 years ago

      I had the same problem but was able to recover my account following the steps on this article http://gmailsigninhelp.com/how-to-recover-your-gma...

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      JR 4 years ago from California

      Have you emailed anyone from that account? You could ask them to give you your username, and then use that to reset your password. Good luck!

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      william magee 4 years ago

      i have an email account with gumtree but i don't remember my email account andpassword

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      JR 4 years ago from California

      You can find someone who you emailed from that account and have them give you your username. Hopefully that helps!

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      JR 4 years ago from California

      Do you know your username? You should be able to reset your password.

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      JR 4 years ago from California

      Thanks for the great tip!

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      melanie 4 years ago

      i forgot my first gmail account username that has all my contacts backed up. does anyone know how to try an access it?

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      ace 4 years ago

      when i opened my google account not to long ago @gmail was one of three options i had to choose from and now i can't even remember what the other options were cuz i didn't choose @gmail

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      Mohamed ElHarras 4 years ago

      If you have logged in before with your gmail username on certain PC, you can go to the same PC and get the username from the logging information from the following folder:

      On XP – C:\Documents and Settings\"User Name"\Local Settings\Application Data\Google\Chrome\User Data

      On Vista - C:\Users\"User Name"\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data

      you can read the full article on http://ellisweb.net/2008/09/where-does-google-chro...

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      montshiwa 5 years ago

      i forgot my password

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      JR 5 years ago from California

      You could ask someone who you have emailed from that address to tell you. Also, did you enter an alternate email address? Try having Google send it to you at the other address

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      rajeev ranjan kumar 5 years ago

      i have forgetten my email addresh so plezzzzzzzzzzzz...... help me , but i haven't forget my passpord

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      JR 5 years ago from California

      Did you send any emails from that account? You could ask someone who you sent an email to. Also, you can enter an alternate email address when you create your account and have a reminder sent to that other email. Good luck!

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      jhene 5 years ago

      Help pls. I just made a new gmail account..but now I forgot my google username and password.And now its lock.what will i do?

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      JR 5 years ago from California

      Do you have an alternate email address you entered? You can have your account info sent to that address.

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      JR 5 years ago from California

      Did you send anyone emails from this account? You could get your username from them.

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      zander11 5 years ago

      Help pls. I forgot my google username and password.And now,my unit is lock.what will i do?

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      leslieberrios19@yahoo.com 5 years ago

      I can't get in my old gmail forgot username and the email associated wit says account not found please help

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      lali 5 years ago

      GMAIL i want my user name

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      April.lwandile@gmail.com 5 years ago

      i lost my password for gmail n i needit asap.plz its about work

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      EVANS BOND 5 years ago

      LOST MY PASS WORD

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      amie 5 years ago

      how do i retrive my gmail username??? i know my password but i need my username can't create a newone cas i need my oldone to unlock my freakin phone ughhh..

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      jim lloyd 5 years ago

      I lost my password, could u send it via. E-mail. (jim@upreachgroup.com

      Thank you, jim lloyd

      ps- I really need it!

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      ruby jha 5 years ago

      I lost my username in gmai and orkut A/c and i also forget my passwada

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      sunil 5 years ago

      i wont gat to my email adderss ragester i can't do it help me

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      sunil 5 years ago

      i wont gat to my email adderss ragester i can't do it help me

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      marius jansen 5 years ago

      lost my user name ( gmail ) . can't use my htc . help plzz

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      sharmamanojdutt 5 years ago

      i love my family and my country

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      Grace 5 years ago

      I forgot my user name and I'm mad x(

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      michael 5 years ago

      what is my gamail can you help me

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      thamsanqa 5 years ago

      i forgot my username and yhe password

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      sanelile 5 years ago

      My phone is locked and to unlock it i must get my username and i forgot it

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      savita khare 5 years ago

      i have loss my gmail password ,plz give me new password,help me

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      tipu........tamana 5 years ago

      couldu plz helpe me.i have a gmail account but i can't remember my username or my password and now phone is lock up can somebody tell how to recover password and username please my phone is not receieving no phone somebody help me

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      Andraste 5 years ago

      I forgot my user name for the new account I created for gmail and I gave a second email account and it doesn't show any other account with it. Grrrrrrr....frustrating!

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      mobolajiayeni 5 years ago

      i love u all on gmail

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      ritika giri 5 years ago

      i have forgetten my email addresh so plezzzzzzzzzzzz...... help me , but i haven't forget my passpord

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      afridi 5 years ago

      i don't need help i was cheking that how the people are so stupid. hahaha

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      Prageeth 5 years ago

      I can't remember whether my email account is gmail or yahoo. What should I do now?

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      boniface benson 5 years ago

      i have forgotten my username so i need your help

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      dilip.majumder2003@gmail.com 5 years ago

      I forget password.But now I have need my password.PLEASE Help me

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      karuna 5 years ago

      help me in getting my password back!!!!!

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      manish sandhal 5 years ago

      what

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      kimberly 5 years ago

      i forgot my phones passward and now i have to use my gmail but i forgot it

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      beekay 5 years ago

      I jst created a new @gmail account but I forgot my username

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      ebony williams 5 years ago

      i have a gmail account but i can't remember my username or my password and now phone is lock up can somebody tell how to recover password and username please my phone is not receieving no phone somebody help me

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      marilyn alvarado 5 years ago

      well i lock my phone and i forgot my gmail and password how can't i unlock it cause my phone doesn't want to open

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      karen 5 years ago

      im locked out of my phone can't remember email or password...

      any one have any good options

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      myrao 6 years ago

      I forgot my username and password and now I locked out my phone some one please help me.

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      deep 7 years ago

      i don't remember my username. i know what my password is plz help me

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      Rokshan 7 years ago

      my pass word is not propos

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      luane 7 years ago

      it works, thank you so much

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      GBL 7 years ago

      Hi! I just got a new iphone and was required to put in my information for connecting my gmail. I have no idea what my user name is. When I did a gmail inquiry the results indicated that no information was found. Advice?

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      sploge101 7 years ago

      youtube and gmail linked, now youtube won't accept its password, it wants gmail password, though i can't remember it. so now i can't get on my youtube account to even unlink it, and neither google or youtube have a decent contact to resolve this.

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      James Paul 7 years ago

      I forgot the email id

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      mohith 7 years ago

      i lost my gmail password and my secondary email is not active. now gmail is asking for security question answer,unfortunaly i forgot the answer also.

      can any help me how to get my password back, i have so many important mails and contacts which i can't lose.

      pleease any one help me on this

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      el3ctr0 7 years ago

      I had to make a gmail acc 3 times so far... I think that connection between youtube and gmail is so fu*ked up... I always forgot freaking username on gmail.. When i delete gmail from youtube.. i returns always next time i come again!!!

      I wrote this time everything... fu*k.. i have too many mails!!!

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      RP 7 years ago

      I was trying to retrieve my username and entered my secondary email address. I received my email, BUT there were two usernames associated with my secondary email address. Mine and someone I don't know. How did that happen? and what do I do to delete them from being associated with my account.

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      Amy 7 years ago

      I have the same problem. With the phone thing. FML.

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      dsaas 7 years ago

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      tod 7 years ago

      I have the exact same problem

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      steve 7 years ago

      made a gmail account,,,never put a secondary email,,,forgot the email account now i'm locked out of my phone htc dream,,,now what

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      Anshu 7 years ago

      I m in a big trouble......

      How it is possible that the user name from which I login daily that is not Valid..

      That shows it is not active.

      Can somebody help me out.....plzzzzz

      anshi_khullar@yahoo.co.in that's mine alternative email id.

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      Anshu 7 years ago

      I m in a big trouble......

      How it is possible that the user name from which I login daily that is not Valid..

      That shows it is not active.

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      usaha 7 years ago

      several time i have forgot my user name or password

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      amey 7 years ago

      i have forgot my username

      because its very big.

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      Bernadine Bolles 8 years ago

      Just can't remenber what name or passward I use, as I only use it one or twice.

      Thank You

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      mohit 8 years ago

      contact me

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      mohit 8 years ago

      hai

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      hey .. guys iam in trouble ?? help me ... i need to find how to find e mail address without adding him as a friend  8 years ago

      hey .. guys iam in trouble ?? help me ... i need to find how to find e mail address without adding him as a friend

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      gue 8 years ago

      please tell me in char1s_t@yahoo.com. i forgot my username and password...so i can't edit my blogger...please somebody help me..????thanks before.

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      JR 8 years ago from California

      Hi Sanu Zone - if you have your alternate email, you should be able to enter that email address on the google accounts page https://www.google.com/accounts/ForgotPasswd?servi...

      They will send an email to the other account with your username.

      Good luck!

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      sanu zone 8 years ago

      i forgot my gmail user name. plzzzzzzz give me my user name. my other e-mail is shanu.zone@yahoo.in my user name of gmail is heena parveen & in orkut profile is heena parveen dehradun 21 years old

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      shanu 8 years ago

      i forgot my gmail user name. plzzzzzzz give me my user name. my other e-mail is sanu.zone@yahoo.in my user name of gmail is heena parveen & in orkut profile is heena parveen dehradun 21 years old

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      mit 8 years ago

      i know my username but forgot the password and don't have the secondary email id can someone pelase help me what to do .

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      hi 8 years ago

      i made my youtube account with this email and i know the password

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      pradeep 8 years ago

      i foregot my username

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      henry wong 9 years ago

      I just create an new gmail account, but I'd forgot that account username !

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      jason 9 years ago

      can't sign in my gmail account which is delvin.berry

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      shova 9 years ago

      hi. i forgot my gmail account . so plz tell my gmail id in e4first@hotmail.com sending the message in my hotmail id.

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      exinco 9 years ago from Malaysia

      if fact i register this second email for my second paypal, i never use it yet for sending to friend. now i lost both gmail account and paypal account. my big mistake.

      by the way thanks guys for response, i try to remember my username.

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      Dalriada Books Ltd 9 years ago from UK

      Try to register another one, gmail will show the error message: this username is already taken. Then most probably that username is yours which you can not remember.