Change your Reply Address in the default Android’s Email app

When configuring the default Android’ EMail app, you have to set an “account” to access your mailbox. In most cases, you are using the email address of that mailbox. And by default, the EMail app will use that email address as the “sender” of all your mails. If you don’t want people to reply to that email address you should have set a “Reply Address” as “account“.

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You have to remove the account already created and reconfigure it:

  1. Start the Email App and open the Settings (Where you can see your account(s))
  2. Click on the “Delete” icon and select the account to be reconfigured with your “Reply Address”. Then press “Delete”.
  3. You will get a Warning like “Deleting this account also deletes all of its messages, contacts, and other data from the devices”. Be sure that all those data are also on your server so they are not lost. Only the local copy will be deleted.
  4. Now, click on the “+” icon to recreate your account.
  5. Type now your “Reply Address” as account, instead of the actual email address used to access your mailbox, with a dummy password (required to enable the “Next” button). Then, click on “Next” (possibly after ticking the option “send email from this account by default”.
  6. On the next screen, select your type of account (Pop3, IMap, Exchange)
  7. Next, as “user name”, type the email address used as actual account, with its password, to access your mailbox.
  8. Finally, complete all the other parameters as usual

Et voilà.





5 responses to “Change your Reply Address in the default Android’s Email app”

  1. PHM69 Avatar

    I thought this was the solution … however, I have to use authentication on the outgoing server, which means it picks up the username (email address) as the reply-to address.

    1. Valery Letroye Avatar

      Go back into the settings of the default Android Mail App, select your account and scroll down to Server Settings. There, you can set different credentials for the “Outgoing settings”, including the SecurityType (None, SSL, …), a username and a password.

  2. Graywallis Avatar

    Unfortunately, unlike Thunderbird (and others) the reply-to address bit seems to be missing from the ‘Outgoing Settings’ pages on my Android.

    1. Valery Letroye Avatar

      That’s exactly why I use this trick 😉

  3. Dan Fraser Avatar
    Dan Fraser

    Thank you. exactly what I needed. I had to tweak the imap and smtp servers names to but worked great.

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