This is beyond MPU’s scope, but I imagine it might interest others here.
I have three main email accounts. They’re all Gmail (for now). I’m tempted to use email forwarding and aliases to consolidate them into one primary account. That way I can use Hey-ish server-side filtering rules while only keeping one set of contacts.
I did this once before, but found some of my contacts were getting confused because it looked like I was using different addresses. Knowing what I know now, I think I must have occassionally forgotten to switch the address I was sending from.
Beyond that, is there anything else I should consider in making this jump? Any gotchas or caveats I might not realize until a week in?
I did this for a while, and found it to be really great as long as I used the Gmail website, and their iOS app. I found the aliases didn’t work at all with any 3rd party clients. So that could be a negative if you want to use something other than Google’s apps.
Ultimately that didn’t bother me too much. The reason why I stopped was simply because I still just sometimes have ick-y feelings from running everything through Google. But then I tell myself it worked so why did I care?
Also it required me to sync and create contacts only through Gmail, since my other accounts didn’t sync contacts over.
I’ve been consolidating my Gmail accounts for a few years by forwarding two regular Gmail accounts into a Google Workspace (G Suite) account. I have a couple of rules that labels forwarded email to identify which account they came from, which helps to quickly identify the message.
And under Settings/Accounts I select:
When replying to a message: Reply from the same address the message was sent to
When you use webmail Google will use the proper return address, but you will need to select your desired return address from a pull down menu when using the IOS client.