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Set up Gmail to Send/Receive Emails Using Your Own Domain Name


Quite often the webmail account provided with your website hosting might not have the functionality you need to use it for day to day emailing. It’s might be great for accessing your emails when on holidays or away from your computer/office but you wouldn’t want it to be your permanent “inbox”. It’s just not MS Outlook after all. On top of that, it’s not likely that your hosting account allows for unlimited storage space for all your emails. If you have a lot of emails (that you don’t delete) and especially if they contain large attachments, you could well be bursting your “quota”.

Enter Gmail. 7 GB of space to play with and a friendly interface that helps you organise your emails well (learn how to use “labels” instead of folders). If you’re a power user of Outlook it might not cut the mustard but for general day to day use, it does just fine.

“But,” I hear you say, “Haven’t you always said not to use free email accounts when you have your own domain name because it doesn’t promote your brand and looks unprofessional?” Yes indeed, you’ve got the message right. You can use Gmail for your email and still send and receive from if you set it up correctly and with a bit of help from Gmail’s Mail Fetcher.

Disclaimer: This will not work unless your hosting company provides POP3 email accounts. If your website is hosted by us, Technology Matters, then this comes as standard.

This is how we do it – step by step:

  • Create your Gmail account. Go to
    Fill in the details for the form presented. When it comes to the recovery email, don’t use the email address that you are planning to use with your Gmail account, otherwise you’ll never retrieve your password if you need to. Choose the email address that comes with your ISP perhaps or some other account you have access to. Or you can leave it blank.
  • You should be ready to login to your account at this point. If you are new to Gmail, take note of some of the functions you will come to appreciate that are explained on the welcome page. E.g. Labels instead of folders (sort of the same but better – being able to assign multiple labels to an email helps you to really tightly define what an email is about), archive, built-in chat and video chat, and best of all…Google powered search! If you’ve ever suffered through Outlook’s painfully slow search function, just let Google power through your emails and sort them into the most relevant for your query. Heaven!
  • Click the “Show me my account” button and you are automatically logged in.

Now we are going to set up your account to import any emails that might be sitting around in your webmail inbox and then to have it connect regularly to this account to import mail, and lastly ensure that any emails you send with Gmail come from the “from address” that you have connected to from Gmail.

Disclaimer: this article is not designed to teach you how to use Gmail. You will need to find your own way with that. This is purely to help people connect their domain name email accounts to use through Gmail.

Now that you are into the account follow these steps:

  1. Click Settings at the top right corner of the page, and open the Accounts and Import tab.
  2. Ignore the “import mail” and “send mail as” options right now. Instead in the Check mail using POP3 section, click Add POP3 email account.
  3. Enter the full email address of the account you want to access, then click Next Step.
  4. Gmail will populate some sample settings, but check with your hosting provider to learn the correct server name and port. As a guide, if you use Outlook, check your username, login and POP3 (incoming) mail server settings (usually under Tools/Accounts depending on the version of Outlook you have) and use these. If Technology Matters is your hosting provider, your username needs to be your full email address (not just the bit before the @). The mail server is often (as per Google’s example) and the Port number suggested will usually be OK. If this does not work, talk to your hosting provider or web developer for help. The password you enter is not the Gmail password, but the password for that original email account.
  5. Decide what options you want to select here:
    >If the point is to clear some space for your hosting account then don’t “leave a copy of retrieved messages the server”
    >Using a Secure Connection (SSL) is a good idea if the host supports it. We suggest you check it. If it is not supported you will get a message when you click <add account> and you’ll need to uncheck the box.
    >Give incoming messages a label if you wish to. This is useful if you import other accounts into this Gmail (and the labeling helps you identify which accounts they came from), but not so useful if you use it exclusively for the one email account.
    >If this account is low activity and mainly historic you might want to have incoming emails archived automatically. Otherwise leave it unchecked.
  6. Click <add account>. If at this point you get an error message saying there was a problem connecting to the mail server, try un-checking the “Always use a secure connection” box and try again. If you still cannot connect, there is a problem with the account login, password or mailserver details. Check all these and try again. Note: you might need to re-enter your password if you get an error message.
  7. If all is well, you will be told “Your mail account has been added”. And you will be asked if you want to be able to send email with your domain name email address. Select that option and click <Next Step>
  8. Confirm the name of the email account that will appear in the “From” details <Next Step>
  9. When you send email, you can send it through your own SMTP server, if you have one. If you are a client of Technology Matters check with us about what applies for your hosting setup. Otherwise just choose to send through Gmail. <Next Step>
  10. Nearly done. Gmail just needs to send a verification email to the account you are wanting to channel through it. Why? Otherwise anyone who knew your email password could get access to your emails and send them “on your behalf” without your knowledge.
  11. If the connection to your POP email account is OK, the verification email should soon arrive in your Gmail account. Find that verification email. Click on the link or copy and paste the code into the box provided. If the verification email is late arriving, you can verify it later. You only need it to send emails with your own domain name, you can still receive emails into Gmail without it.
  12. One last step. Once you have “verified”, go into “Settings” again. Select the “Accounts and Import” tab and in the “Send Mail As” section, click on the “make default” link next to the email address you have just set up. If you miss this step you will still be sending email from your Gmail address which is not the point of this whole exercise.
  13. You are good to go. You will still need to login to Gmail using your Gmail email and password that you set up originally, but any emails you send will be labelled as your domain name email. You might like to bookmark your Gmail login page for easy access (or just enter Gmail into Google search).

Gmail will now be checking your POP3 account every 2 or 3 minutes and moving the emails into Gmail for you.

Note: If you have a lot of emails stored under webmail and they were sorted into folders, Gmail will not import the emails that are in folders until they are moved into the main body of the inbox. You might like to do this in batches so you can label the incoming emails appropriately.

If you are having any problems getting the “send” address to work as it should, have a look at this help page from Google.

Janet Pearson
Janet Pearson
Janet founded Technology Matters in 1998, back in the days of animated GIFs and competing search engines. As well as charting the course the company, Janet's 20+ years of business, marketing and IT experience bring a strong business focus to all of Technology Matters' projects.


  1. ESraa says:

    Your article helped me ALOT


    I want to add that “In the part of how to make your Gmail send as your domain email
    you skipped it saying if you are technology boy you can do it otherwise send from gmail
    will actually it is easy
    You can go to the domain mail settings setting page
    and bring the user name and password and also SMTP number and just copy and paste it and take care of the portal numbers
    just copy and it will be activated easily
    I did it in my website domain and really worked

    just pay attention to notices PLus
    you ll get 2 email confirmations with codes one in gmail and one in your domain email

    just confirm as usual and
    Congrats 😀

    • Nathan Dorey says:

      Hi ESraa, glad to help! And all we meant about sending outgoing mail through your own SMTP server is that our clients will need to get the right details from us before they set it up.

      Otherwise, sending through Gmail is just about as good! Nice to see you figured it out all out, though! :)

  2. Jason Scott says:

    My business uses a similar function. These steps are easy to understand. I wish I would have had this article when I was setting it up. I will make sure to send this to a friend who is looking at setting his own up.

  3. Akib Ali says:

    Very Good Detail… It solved my problem!

  4. Pavel D says:

    Do other webmail providers such as Hotmail offer the same function or is there an app that could take care of that?

  5. Mimi says:

    Would you mind elaborating on the last point,

    “Note: If you have a lot of emails stored under webmail and they were sorted into folders, Gmail will not import the emails that are in folders until they are moved into the main body of the inbox”.

    I have three domains, all with tons of folders/sub-folders/sub-sub-folders etc. – a folder for each customer with lots of email correspondence in each. I am not sure I understand what you mean by “Gmail will not import the emails that are in folders until they are moved into the main body of the inbox”. How exactly should I import or move all the folders into Gmail? Thank you very much.

    • Technology Matters says:

      Hi Mimi.
      Gmail only imports email that is sitting in the main Inbox, it does not recognise what is in folders (even though they might be IN the inbox itself). This means that you need to set it up in stages. First let Gmail import your un-filed emails and clear the inbox on the original server. Then, using webmail, move the filed emails out of the folders into the main inbox area, one folder at a time. Then let Gmail grab those emails and pull them through. You’ll need to locate that batch of emails in Gmail and apply a label to them as Gmail uses labels rather than folders (but they function much the same). It will take some time to do this if you have a lot of folders to move.

  6. Ivan says:

    My website is and I want to setup my email hoting through gmail.
    However, I am worried that a domain wont work on gmail? I have only seen examples for .com

    Are you able to setup email addresses (example): via gmail?

  7. Abid Bhatti says:

    I found your site for the great source of information. Thanks for setup Gmail to send and receive email.

  8. Ellen says:

    Hi there, I have been successful adding my business email to Gmail BUT in order to send with that email address one needs to verify the address and the VERIFICATION EMAIL with that code from GMAIL/Google NEVER comes through. We tried several times, did re-send, deleted email and added it again, used different computers – no email with the code is coming from google/gmail. Worst, there is NO solution anywhere on the web. Both, gmail and business address are working perfect in outlook – I’m actually playing with this for a friend who doesn’t have outlook and we are both at a loss. That’s your great chance to be the hero if you know how to get this to work ;o)

    Thank you for your time.

    • Technology Matters says:

      Hi Ellen,
      That’s a tricky one! I’ve never had that issue, however I’d suggest that the problem may be with your friend’s email hosting.
      It’s likely that a server-based system like Spam Assassin might be turned up too high and is deleting the email before it gets anywhere near your inbox. Have a chat with your friend’s hosting company. They might be able to see what is blocking the email.

  9. Jay says:

    I am SO glad I found this article! Your step by step directions are very clear and easy to follow. I would like to ask a couple of questions to help me decide if using Gmail to send and receive emails from is the best solution for me.

    I will be sending emails to prospective customers and would like to know if and when my emails are opened and read. I will be personally crafting emails one at a time to each prospective customer using Gmail or my own domain. I know that email services like MailChimp make it easy to track info like open rates but the only tool I have heard about for checking open rates outside of email services like MailChimp is only works with Gmail which is why I was searching for “how to send and receive emails from” (I literally just found out about minutes before finding your article and have no experience with it).

    My primary goal is to send emails to prospective customers using an email address that contains my own domain name and to know if and when my emails are opened and read. Adding Gmail to the process is an extra layer I would like to exclude if possible (though your article made it seem simple). I guess my question is whether you know of any tools / products I can use to track email open rates for emails sent from or is Gmail plus my best option. Any suggestions and feedback would be appreciated.

    Thanks in advance.

    • Technology Matters says:

      Hi Jay,

      Glad you found the post useful. A tool that I have used for checking if emails are opened/read is ToutApp. It integrates with Gmail, Outlook and Salesforce and has some nice templating tools. Check it out and if you find it a good fit for your needs, let us know. will take you there.


  10. Adam says:

    Great article thank you, when you say POP3 , can this be set up with IMAP as well? Please advise, thanks :)

    • Technology Matters says:

      Hi Adam,
      Good Question! Last time I looked, Gmail needs a POP3 account for it’s Mail Fetcher program to do its thing. The mail will be imported into Gmail and then deleted out of your original email account. There might be some confusion around whether your email account is IMAP or POP3. Basically if your email account has an inbox (rather than just forwarding elsewhere) and it can be accessed using the POP3 protocol (which is most), then you can do this. It maybe that you are currently using IMAP to access your emails. That shouldn’t matter. I’d be very surprised if you couldn’t use POP3 on the same account as well.

  11. Vie says:

    Hi dear,

    I see that they have limit it to 5 email account under this function, how to go about having more than 5 account? i see that outlook does not limit my account import, but i prefer gmail, what do you think?


    • Technology Matters says:

      You can only work with what gmail allows you to do. If you need more than 5 you’ll need to look for an alternative approach

  12. Michel says:

    Truly superb, thorough article.

    2 important questions, though, before I follow your excellent advice. I’ll try to be as systematic as you were:

    My current webmail that’s related to my actual .com domain has a tiny inbox, but the big problem is although it receives okay — let’s call it — when I SEND/reply/forward messages, my sender name is very lengthy, sort of recognizeable as me but with a rather meaningless “@………..”

    So I use gmail largely — I have now a lot of family, personal and non-personal contacts (such as vendors, services etc.) that have me in their address book or even as a registered customer – again, let’s call it Vendors for example send me important newsletters, updates, even statements, etc. to that address, and friends all use that address.

    Q1. If if follow your instructions and change to the original name I own: i.e., routing send-receive through gmail what will happen to OUTGOING messages I send to folks, from gmail — in other words, what will the sender name show, and also might it get rejected/bounced by vendors with whom I registered accounts as “” ?

    Q2. Will it all fall into place automatically, or is there a drop-down menu I keep having to remember for each email I SEND out via gmail , to choose between the and the great new(original) one I set up following your instructions to go through gmail?

    Many thanks for a superb post, and sincerely hoping for your answers (also, sincerest apologies for the caps — I saw no other formatting option).

    • Technology Matters says:

      Hi Michel,

      Sorry for the slow response. I hope it will be worth the wait!
      Your questions rotate around what happens to “from address” when you reply or send an email.
      This is all under your control from the Settings> Accounts & Import tab.
      Look at the “send mail as” options shown in this section. From here you can set the email address you wish to use as default when you compose an email. And also which address to use when replying.
      You can choose to reply from the same address the email was sent to OR to choose a specific email address as a default.
      As well as this you can override this default choice anytime you like.

      How to do this is well hidden, and I didn’t know how to do it myself until I found this knowledgebank article: Change the “From” address when replying or forwarding

      Hope that helps.


  13. aleona says:

    Can you use gmail spam filter for that account too?
    For example I use roll.up for my gmail subscriptions and gmail spam is pretty good too. But my own domain emails (with crazydomains) are atrociously managed and cannot be added to roll.up as they only support major providers.
    So if I was to set up my emails in the gmail, could i have access to gmail’s spam filtering and would i need to re-set them on my phone and laptop via gmail set up too (to avoid double collection of mail)?

    • Technology Matters says:

      Hi Aleona,
      If you use the setup as I described and route your @domain emails through Gmail, spam filtering will automatically take place in Gmail.

  14. Chris says:

    Hi. Good article, thanks. But I have two questions:

    1. What is the benefit of using POP3 to collect emails over forwarding the emails directly from the hoster through email configuration ther?
    2. It seems like using gmail with a personal domain based smtp still inboxes less than other ways of sending emails. Your have any idea if that is the case?



    • Technology Matters says:

      Hi Chris,

      It may be feasible to use forwarding to Gmail rather than using POP3 to retrieve emails however, you WILL need an email account from your own domain to route the outgoing SMTP emails. Otherwise you will not be able to use your own domain’s email address with Google.

  15. CJB says:

    Thanks for this stream. I experience about a 20 to 30 minute lag receiving emails using this process. They are instantaneous using another application, like Mail, so I’m not sure where the hold-up would be. Any ideas?

    • Technology Matters says:

      Unfortunately this is Gmail taking its time to access your POP account and pull in emails. if your POP3 account receives a high volume of mail, Gmail will check it more frequently, if low, less frequently. Unfortunately it’s not possible to force Gmail to check at set time intervals.

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