Solved: GMail delivering duplicates to Thunderbird

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Alex Ethridge

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I am collecting mail on my GMail account using Thunderbird and there is obviously a setting in GMail that I don't understand.

I have two addresses that GMail is aware of. We'll call them [email protected] and [email protected]. Obviously, the recovery e-mail address is just that, intended for use only when things go sideways and I might need to recover a lost password or something like that.

When people send mail to [email protected], I also get a duplicate of that same message at [email protected]. I am tired of having to delete all of those mails from [email protected]. They shouldn't be going there in the first place. How can I stop them from going there?
 

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have you got a forward set in your main gmail to send the emails to the recovery account ?
 

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If I do, it was accidental and I cannot find a "forward" in the configuration
if you log into your gmail account via a web browser
choose settings - the cog on right hand side
forwarding and pop/imap
top line - should say
disable forwarding

see screen shot
 

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if both email addresses are on the same Gmail account, then that is expected behaviour
any additional email addresses on a Gmail account are aliases and anything sent to that address is put into the ONE gmail account
when you use POP to retrieve Gmail, it will pick up ANYTHING sent to the gmail account,

You cannot use pop with a gmail alias as well as the main gmail account email address, otherwise it does what you have found out

Pop with Gmail is account specific, not email specific
 

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So, if I give GMail an address which they expressly state is a recovery address to be used only in cases where I might lose a password or something like that, then GMail is going to send a copy of all mail to that address?

I don't doubt that could be the case as we have all seen even more ridiculous things (like the removal of the Start button in Win8); but, if that is true, then it is a ridiculous way to handle mail.
 

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So, if I give GMail an address which they expressly state is a recovery address to be used only in cases where I might lose a password or something like that, then GMail is going to send a copy of all mail to that address?

I don't doubt that could be the case as we have all seen even more ridiculous things (like the removal of the Start button in Win8); but, if that is true, then it is a ridiculous way to handle mail.
No it does not work that way , as I have a number of separate gmail accounts, and use the other gmail accounts for recovery , and also I have had to use them in the past - , and I do not get duplicate emails and can turn pop on/off separately for each account

dvk01 is referring to a different service
 

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Okay, I found the mail was set to forward to the other address. It must have been set to forward by default as I didn't set it that way.

Thanks, we'll see if that fixes the problem and I see no way it will not.
 

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(y) thanks for letting us know
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