It’s the age-old question: what’s the difference between Gmail.com and GoogleMail.com Gmail accounts?
And it is actually kind of an interesting story…
Back in the day, when Gmail first launched – April, 1 2004 – Google set about obtaining trademarks for Gmail.
However, as it quickly found out, this wasn’t going to be as simple as it first thought.
Gmail vs Google Mail – There is a Difference
You see, the trademark “Gmail” was already registered in a couple of countries – specifically Russia, Germany, and Poland.
This meant that Google could not use Gmail branding in these locations. Google also initially launched Gmail as Google Mail in the UK too.
It was only in 2010 that Google Mail became Gmail in the UK.
In 2004, however, Google needed a workaround for Russia, Germany, and Poland, so it came up with @googlemail.com.
This meant it didn’t have to pay to license Gmail from the IP owners.
Thrifty as ever, Google opted to create with Google Mail, so Gmail accounts in Germany, Poland, and Russia got @googlemail.com, while the rest of the world got @gmail.com.
As of 2012, Google managed to resolve the issue in Germany, so German Google Mail users could switch to Gmail if they wanted to.
You don’t need to, of course, as Google set up Gmail so that gmail.com and googlemail.com emails both point to the same address, so it doesn’t matter which you have.
How To Switch From Google Mail to Gmail
You can switch from googlemail to gmail, however, if you wish. Just follow these steps:
Gmail Settings > Google “Accounts” tab > Click “switch to @gmail.com” – please note: this link ONLY shows if you’re eligible to switch.
What About @google.com Email Addresses?
In order to get a [email protected] email address, you need to be a Google employee – and that isn’t exactly easy.
@google.com is Google’s corporate email address. It runs on the same technology and platform as Gmail and Google Mail, which also powers G-Suite – now called Google Workspace.
If you get an email from an account with an @google.com ending, it means you’re most likely being emailed from somebody that actually works for Google, and not a scammer.
You Can Also Run Your Business on Gmail
As of 2021, almost 50% of the world’s biggest companies use Gmail as their platform of choice. The next biggest would be Microsoft’s Outlook.
The reason Gmail is so popular with business is that you get access to Google Drive which brings with it a bunch of useful and completely free office applications.
All Gmail users have access to Google Drive through their Gmail, but businesses tend to use Google’s enterprise version – Google Workspace.
Workspace used to be called G-Suite but was rebranded in 2020. Google added a bunch of new, useful features designed to make working remotely a lot easier.
When you sign up to Workspace, you can use your business name as your email. I run KYM on Workspace, so we have @knowyourmobile.com email addresses, not @gmail.com.
Branded email looks more professional which is why it used by businesses. No one wants to get a work related email from a @gmail.com account – it just looks completely unprofessional.
Read more about Workspace’s new features and abilities to find out how it can help your business, large or small, work better.
Richard Goodwin has been working as a tech journalist for over 10 years. He is the editor and owner of KnowYourMobile.