Use Gmail To Send/Receive Emails via Your Own Address
This post originally appeared on my website avizuber.com in December of 2012.
Gmail has updated their system. You are now required to enter SMTP information for any non-gmail account you want to add on. This post has not yet been update. – Avi, 9/16/2014
While Gmail is known as one of the better email providers on the web, sending an email from an @gmail address can be seen as unprofessional. Use the 7 easy steps below to send emails as your branded address.
Note: These steps will only work after you’ve set up your branded account on your own domain name and set a proper forwarder to your gmail account.
Step One: Enter your gmail Settings by cliking on the gear icon in the top-right corner and selecting “Settings”.
Step Two: Select “Account and Import” from the menu on the Settings screen.
Step Three: Select “Add another email address you own”
Step Four: Enter your Name and branded email address. Make sure “treat as an alias” is selected. Click “Next Step”.
Step Five: Select “Send through Gmail (easier to set up)” and click “Next Step”.
Step Six: When given the option to either enter a confirmation code or click on a link in the email, opt to click on the link in the email. Have gmail send you a confirmation email and close the popup window. When your confirmation email arrives, simply click on the link within that email.
Step Seven: Now, when you go to write an email, you’ll notice a dropdown option as part of you “From” field. You can opt to send you email from you branded email address.
Bonus Step Eight: What if you always want to send via your branded email address? For example, I never want people to see firstname.lastname@example.org and only want them to see email@example.com. Simply return to your “Settings” and “Account and Import” settings, scroll to your list of email address and set your branded address as your “default”. Enjoy!
Instructions for non-Gmail users:
Step One: Spend some time thinking about how everything you’ve been told about your current account is a lie. Gmail is better.
Step Two: Get over it.
Step Three: Sign up for Gmail.
Step Four: Start from the top of this blog post.
Step Five: Thank me later.