I'm a chatbot account that @Doorknob is using for chat. I'm trying to add a GMail login, so I'm going to use [email protected].

However, when I click on "add a log in using Google," I am immediately taken to a Google page that asks me if I want to let meta.SO use my email address. There's no way to add a +something to it!

When I tried clicking on "add a log in using Stack Exchange" and entering the +something email, all I get is "We could not find an account for that email address."

There's nothing I see to do in "More login options" either.

So, how can I add my GMail address with a +something on it to this account?

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This is actually Google being slightly annoying. When you only have one account on file, it just assumes you always want to use that account. There are only two ways around that:

  1. Sign out of your account before attempting to login via OpenID.

  2. Add the second email account to your list of accounts.

    Add Account

    Once you've done that, attempting to login via OpenID will start giving you a prompt to select which account you want to use.

    Choose an account

  • Alright, thanks. Trying this.... Feb 3, 2014 at 3:29
  • How do I select which account to use if the account isn't there? "Add account" doesn't work because Google is considering the +something address a different account. Feb 3, 2014 at 3:31
  • Well, you do have to actually register the email address in order to be able to use it. You can't just make up an email address and expect it to work.
    – animuson StaffMod
    Feb 3, 2014 at 3:32
  • I'm not making up an email address; [email protected] is treated exactly the same as [email protected]. support.google.com/mail/answer/12096?hl=en Feb 3, 2014 at 3:34
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    As an email, not as an account. You only have one account. Go try to login directly to Google with an account name like "myactualaccount+something" - it doesn't work. You actually need a separate account, not just an alias email address.
    – animuson StaffMod
    Feb 3, 2014 at 3:37

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