What does the error "This email address is already used by..." mean? Follow

Question

You were adding an external email address as a support address under Admin > Channels > Email when you were prompted with the error "This email address is already used by [user]. If you want to set up forwarding, you'll need to delete or update this user." What does this mean? What should you do?

Answer

An email address cannot be used both as a Support address and as an identity for an Agent or End-User, so you'll need to select from one of these options:

There's a couple things you can do to fix this, but first you need to determine where that email is already in use. 

  1. Go up to the search bar and search for the email in question.
  2. On the search results page, click over to the Users tab.
  3. Click on the user/email, this will bring you over to the profile page.
  4. From there, you have two options:
      • Update the user indicated in the error message. Change their email address on file to something else - you will need it to be a valid email address they can receive email at.
      • Delete the user. If you just created the user for testing purposes and don't need an agent to log in with that email address, simply delete them. Instructions for that can be found here!

Once you've freed up the email address, you can go back into your email settings and add it as a support address.

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Comments

  • 0

    by me it says "this email address is already used by support" where can  i find it to  delete it  ?

  • 0

    Hey Chesky!

    Do you have an end-user in your system called "support"? That's the most likely culprit.

  • 0

    This worked for me. I searched "People" and deleted the end-user account. Then, I was able to add the email.

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