Gmail Now Supports Email Addresses With Non-Latin Characters

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Ever since you’ve been able to get an email address you have been required to sign up using non-accented latin characters. That won’t always have to be the case though.

A new email standard that supports addresses with non-Latin and accented Latin characters was created back in 2012. But before this standard becomes a reality, every email provider must adopt it.

Today, Google is leading the charge with an announcement that Gmail will now recognize addresses that contain accented or non-Latin characters.

Less than half of the world’s population has a mother tongue that uses the Latin alphabet. And even fewer people use only the letters A-Z. So if your name (or that of your favorite pet) contains accented characters (like “José Ramón”) or is written in another script like Chinese or Devanagari, your email address options are limited.

Now Gmail users can send emails to, and receive emails from, people who have these characters in their email addresses.

Google says this is just a first step and there are still a ways to go. Eventually Google wants to make it possible for users to create Gmail accounts using non-latin and accented characters.

Matt Southern

Matt Southern

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Matt Southern is the lead news writer at Search Engine Journal. His passion for helping people in all aspects of online marketing flows through in the expert industry coverage he provides.
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  • Emmanuel

    I do love the innovations Gmail offers and it is the second time reading about another feature of Gmail. They have have made it easier to unsubscribe from emails and it is now interesting to know about this as well.
    Gmail is the best as far as email providers are concern.

    PS: I found this shared on