What to do if the username I want is taken?

You won’t be able to get a certain Gmail address if the username you requested is:

  • Already being used
  • Very similar to an existing username (for example, if example@gmail.com already exists, you can’t use examp1e@gmail.com)
  • The same as a username that someone used in the past and then deleted
  • Reserved by Google to prevent spam or abuse