How to Use Gmail with Your Custom Domain (For Free)

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People love the familiar Gmail interface, but G Suite isn’t free and resorting to myname@gmail.org isn’t very professional. Luckily, there is a way to use Gmail’s email client with your custom email address.

To create a free custom domain email with Gmail, just register a custom domain, sign up with Gmail, forward the emails to Gmail, and enable Gmail to send as your domain email address. You can immediately start using your new, professional email address for your startup, blog, business website or nonprofit!

However, I do recommend just signing up for G Suite instead. It’s much simpler and more reliable than the hack described in this post. In addition to a custom email address, you’ll have tons of extra features that make it easier to collaborate, share files, or add or remove users on your domain:

  • For example, I have multiple @thedigitalnonprofit.com emails that I can use depending on the situation, like info@tdn.com, jason@tdn.com, etc.
  • And when I hired contractor, it took 2 seconds to give them a name@tdn.com email so we presented a consistent brand.
  • During the contract, I could make files & events shareable with all TDN employees to easily collaborate
  • Finally, when the contract ended, I could freeze their accounts with 1 click so my business’ info is safe!

All of those benefits were possible because I had G Suite. Sign up here to get a 14-day free trial and 20% OFF your first year!

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One last note–if you’re a registered nonprofit, you can get G Suite for free via Google for Nonprofits. Regardless of whether you’re a non-profit or for-profit, it’s best to take the long-term view. If you want to switch later, it will be a pain in the butt to transfer all your emails to G Suite. But if you still want a quick fix for the time being, here’s a quick workaround to use gmail with your own, custom domain.

Basically, you’ll just forward all the mail from you@yourdomain.org to a Gmail account, and change a setting so outgoing mail says you@yourdomain.org too. That’s it! So let’s jump right in.

1) Create a Gmail Account

Sign-up page to create gmail account

You probably already have a personal Gmail account, and you could use it for your custom email, but just like finances, it’s best to keep business and personal separate. It will make things a lot easier down the road if you upgrade to G Suite or Google for Nonprofits.

Here’s how to make the account:

  • Create a Gmail account here and pick a new email address. yourname.organization@gmail.com usually works well.
  • Follow the rest of the steps to verify you phone number, create your account, and sign in.

2) Create Your Professional Email Account Domain

Next, you’ll need to register your custom domain with a registrar that offers email forwarding.

If you haven’t registered your domain already, you can sign up with Bluehost to get a domain name, email hosting and web hosting all for just a couple bucks a month. You can even use this tool to see if your domain idea is available:

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Why do we recommend Bluehost?

Well if you’re looking for a professional email, you’ll probably want a website to go with it. Bluehost includes a domain name free if you sign up for web hosting, and they’re pretty much the gold standard when it comes to web hosts.

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If nothing else, they have a 30 day money-back guarantee and pretty stellar support, so you can easily change your mind later.

3) Forward Emails from Your Custom Domain

Now that you’ve got a domain name, you’re going to route emails from your professional address to your Gmail address, so that you can continue to use the Gmail interface.

Below are the instructions for several different web hosts.

If your host isn’t listed: Look at the Hostgator instructions–chances are you have the same cPanel admin interface.

If that doesn’t work: Your domain registrar might not include email forwarding. You can transfer it to Bluehost, and you’ll also get web hosting as a bonus!. Just click “Get Started” on this link, and on the 3rd step or so put in your existing domain name rather than searching for a new one. They’ll guide you through the rest.

Bluehost

  1. Login to your Bluehost account
  2. Under the hosting section click the email link
  3. Click the forwarding link
  4. Click the add email button
  5. Enter the address you would like to be forwarded. (you@yourdomain.org)
  6. Choose your new Gmail as the destination for the forwarded email
  7. Click submit

Hostgator / Any cPanel Host

  1. Log into cPanel
  2. In the Mail section, click Forwarders
  3. Under the Email Account Forwarders section, Click Add Forwarder
  4. Type in the Address to Forward (you@yourdomain.org)
  5. Select “Forward to email address” (you.organization@gmail.com)
  6. Click Add Forwarder

GoDaddy

  1. Login to your account and click your name in the top-right.
  2. Select My Products from the drop-down
  3. Click the Manage button next to Workspace Email
  4. Click Create Forward
  5. Under Forward this email address, type the address you want to forward (you@yourdomain.org)
  6. Under To these email addresses, add your Gmail address
  7. Click Create

1&1

  1. Log in to your 1&1 Control Panel and select the relevant package
  2. Click the Manage E-mail Addresses link from the Mail panel
  3. Click the Set up forwards link located in the right corner of the page
  4. Choose a name and domain for the forwarding address (you@yourdomain.org)
  5. Type your Gmail into the Forward Target(s) box
  6. Click Save

3) Enable Gmail to Send from Your Custom Email Addresses

Enabling to send email as your custom email address via SMTP

Now that we have emails coming in to Gmail, this step will allow you to send email as you@yourdomain.org for free with Gmail’s SMTP servers.

  1. Go to this link. If you can enable “Less secure apps,” do so.
    • If you get an error, it’s probably because you have 2-Step Verification enabled, like me. Go here to create an app-specific password instead.
  2. Return to Gmail, click the gear icon, then Settings
  3. Click Accounts and Import, then Add another email address in the Send mail as section
  4. Enter your name and you@yourdomain.org, allow Treat as an alias and then Next Step
  5. Enter the following credentials:
    • SMTP Server: smtp.gmail.com
    • Username: The part of your gmail address that comes before “@gmail.com”
    • Password: Your Gmail or App-specific password
    • Port: 587 or 465
    • Secure connection using: TLS for 587, SSL for 465

4) Final Configuration

Final step to set your free domain email as default
  1. You’ll be sent an email with a verification link. Make sure to click it to enable your new address.
  2. Once you are returned to the Settings page, click Make default next to your new, custom email.
  3. Send a friend an email to test outgoing messages
  4. Have them send you a message to confirm incoming messages

And that’s it! You now have Gmail with your own domain for free!

If you have any issues, comment below and I’ll do my best to fix them with you.

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116 thoughts on “How to Use Gmail with Your Custom Domain (For Free)”

  1. Hi. Great article. Quick question, will an email sent using this method be more likely to fall in to someone’s spam filter than it would if I was using GSuite?
    I notice when sending an email it says “via gmail” to the recipient on Gmail/Outlook and also on Outlook the recipient sees a warning saying: “The actual sender of this message is different to the normal sender.”
    I really want to use this as a solution for all my personal emails but I’m worried I’ll keep getting filtered out by the other person’s spam filters compared to if I had GSuite or just used my @gmail.com.

    1. Hey John, yes in rare cases it will be more likely flagged. If you’re concerned about deliverability, but still want a custom url I highly suggest G Suite.

  2. Hi, thank you for this help, first of all!
    I’ve signed by error on G-Suite to use my name@mydomain.com because I was told it was free… now I understand that after the trial I will have to pay so I want to cancel and use free gmail instead. Do you think I can do it?
    Thanks!
    valentina

  3. Luciano Ferroni

    Hi. I already have my own registered domain. The e-shop provider gave me two DNS which I uploaded at the registrar. This company just hosts your e-shop, they don’t give you an email. So what should I do to have an email with my own domain? I can’t count on them to do anything, their business is just providing free e-shops, they don’t get involved with mails in any way.
    Thank you!

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  5. Hello Jason,

    Those days, configuring a SPF record is really important when using G-mail (or other service) to send mails on your behalf.

    Maybe a bit technical … but here you go.

    Add an SPF TXT record to your domain host
    Your domain host keeps text settings (called DNS records) that direct web traffic to your domain. An SPF TXT record lists the mail servers that can send email from your domain. If a message is sent from a server that’s not in the record, the recipient’s server might consider it spam.

    Note: A domain can only have one SPF record, but your record can list multiple servers. For details, see Add multiple servers to an SPF record.

    1. Sign in to your domain account at your domain host
    2. Go to the page for updating your domain’s DNS records. This page might be called something like: DNS management, name server management, or advanced settings.
    3. Find your TXT records and check if your domain has an existing SPF record.
    4. The SPF record starts with “v=spf1”. If your domain already has an SPF record, remove it. If not, skip to step 5.
    5. Create a TXT record with (wizard can be found: https://www.spfwizard.net/)

    6. Save the record. Your new SPF record takes effect within 48 hours.

    Would you also be able to list my product https://Emailforward.mx as an option to do email forward?

    Thank you soo much!

    kind regards,
    Rob

  6. I just got an account via Namecheap and bought 2 domains on there but when I get to step 3 above I keep getting a server error (Couldn’t reach server. Please double-check the server and port number.). I set up my mail setting under the Advanced DNS to be with Gmail in my Namecheap Dashboard. What can I do?

  7. This is great info! I’ve always forwarded my e-mail accounts to Gmail and used to be able to add and reply from my addresses OK. But then something changed and since then I’ve been using my hosts mail servers to send through but it’s been very troublesome. This solutionis much better and also seems to negate the need to add SPF and DKIM records which I have stuggled to do.

  8. I have a forwarding account for my custom email address, and there is no password or SMTP server associated with this address. I’m currently using AT&T to send/receive my emails but want off of their platform for ISP independence.
    I can’t get pas the SMTP page in the setup. Google doesn’t like my username/password, and there isn’t a password anyway. I tried my gmail username + password, but that gave me the same error.

  9. Sorry, but this is impossible. Forward is a common, but sending from own domain is a different beast. You see, Google has no way of knowing the domain is yours and thus you can put whatever you want on the alias, like say president@whitehouse.org. If it was possible it would be a spammers phishing galore. As long as you’re sending the domain from Google servers, the address will be youremail@gmail.com no mater what you put as alias.

    1. This to "Someone" Not true. I have done this with literally all of my domains purchased from google. It’s a pain and when you reset your password if you have 2-factor authentication you will have to recreate the app passwords… BUT THIS TOTALLY WORKS and it’s saving me like $20-$30 forms all my accounts. In the end def work it, great breakdown as well of how to get it done.

  10. Hello,
    I setup GoDaddy email forwarding to my GMail Account. Every message forwarded to GMail carries the following warning: "secureserver.net did not encrypt this message". Are my emails being forwarded by GoDaddy unencrypted, and if so how can it be secured?
    Thanks for your help!

  11. So you recommend getting the domain with Namecheap (which I did), but I cannot see the email forwarding instructions for that host. I’d appreciate if you can give me a hand. Thanks.

  12. okay everything works fine but the only problem is that I don’t have access to the email with my domain name, I just bought the domain name now how can I go to the email with my domain name to verify the account to Gmail?

  13. Sorry if this is already covered, but if you have only a GoDaddy POP account (no access to IMAP), could you set up the forwarding of the GoDaddy emails to Gmail, with Gmail still using IMAP? Obviously trying to keep the benefits of IMAP (syncing/keeping emails the same across OS, web and mobile clients). Thank you.

  14. So my hosting is through Netregisty. I currently have 2 domains (.com and .com.au). My .com is for my emails and I pay for Office 365 and for Cpanel starter monthly and .com.au is what i chose for my website as I’m in Australia (both are connected to Shopify). So if I change my emails to the .com.au via Netregistry and redirect to Gmail, can I then cancel my monthly subscription with Netregistry? I hope that makes sense lol

    1. Hey Sarah, so if I understand correctly you’ve paid for those domains through Netregistry? If so, you’ll need to keep your subscription. You could, however, potentially cancel the Office 365 and cPanel hosting, because all you need is the domain registration.

  15. Update — it must have been a timing thing because it eventually worked. Thanks so much for this info, it really solved a problem that I have!

  16. I’m trying this but I keep getting this error (I deleted some characters in case it somehow has my information encoded). I tried it on two different Gmail accounts. I have the less secure option turned on. And the page they refer to doesn’t exist. Any ideas?

    "534-5.7.14 <https://accounts.google.com/signin/continue?sarp=1&scc=1&plt=AKgnsbtw 534-5.7.14 534-5.7.14 iruTh0mv2nw1pW2uZxEp2eJ-> Please 534-5.7.14 log in via your web browser and then try again. 534-5.7.14 Learn more at 534 5.7.14 https://support.google.com/mail/answer/78754 n44sm743747qtf.51 – gsmtp , code: 534""

  17. Wouldn’t it be better to use Gmail to get the domain’s email from the server with POP3 instead of setting up mail forwarding?

    1. What server? If you are paying for email hosting anyway you may as well just pay Google to host your email if you like the Gmail interface.

    2. Hey Mike,

      The disadvantage of POP3 is that Gmail has to actively fetch emails–and you have no control over how frequently that happens. At best there will be a 1-2 minute delay in your emails, and in most cases Gmail will only fetch every 15 minutes, even up to an hour.

      Forwarding, on the other hand, is basically instantaneous. I use it for several email addresses and never experienced major lag.

      Hope that helps!

  18. Hello, this is really a great guide. I’ve successfully gone through all steps, except the last one! I haven’t received an email confirmation. I clicked the link provided to send the email again, but still no luck. Any way you can help me out?

    1. Hey Sam,

      The issue you describe makes me think there’s some problem with the email forwarding. Perhaps it isn’t set up properly, or your host has a spam filter that Gmail is triggering. I would go into the cPanel of your host and login to their webmail (if you have that feature) and see if the emails are trapped there.

  19. Hi, That’s a great work. Really helped me to create a domain email address. But got a small problem, like when ever I sent a mail using my business domain mail Id it is going to spam for my clients. How to solve this issue. Please help me to resolve this problem. Thanks in advance…

    1. Thanks for the kind words!

      For this issue, it may be triggering because some servers don’t look kindly on the fact that your email is a custom domain, but says "sent via Gmail". A couple things to try are:

      1. Use a different SMTP server, like Mailgun’s
      2. Have your clients add you to their Gmail contacts
      3. If all else fails, just get G Suite for $6/mo. It’ll work like a charm. You can grab a coupon code for 20% off at the top of the post.
  20. Hello. This was working perfectly until about 5 days ago. I’ve been using this method for over a year. Now, I am not receiving any emails at all, but I am able to send them. Please assist.

    1. Hi Monchelle,

      An issue with receiving but not sending implies that your host and/or email forwarding has changed. The exact issue could be one of many, but I’d start by checking if your domain name expired, or the features on your plan changed.

  21. This works great! Thanks for the instructions.

    One question though, when I send an email from my new domain email address to another gmail account, the recipient sees the sender as my domain "via gmail.com". Do you know is there any way to get rid of that?

    Thanks again.

  22. Nice one! That worked perfectly for me.

    For anyone having trouble, if you only just set up your domain or mail forwarder then wait a day and try again in case all that was set up yet by your domain registrar.

  23. James Scollard

    G-Suite requires you to delete your gmail account to use it. Couldnt figure it out, spent a month attempting to even get a domain email address working. No place to configure email accounts for my domain, and al the support chat was good for was cancelling ym g-suite subscription entirely.

    If it works at all for handling multiple domain registration emails to gmail, its a secret or something.

  24. I just tried to set this up. Everything went well, except when I try to send a test email, nothing appears to happen when I click the send button. the send button turns light blue like it’s been pressed, but nothing happens.. What now?

  25. Thanks for this explanation. However, here’s the part I don’t get. I use GoDaddy, and this explains how to forward emails from GoDaddy to Gmail. But I would still have to pay GoDaddy every month to have the email in my domain name to start with. Is there a way to get free email using my domain name, if the domain name is hosted by GoDaddy? I seem to remember that they used to offer that, but no longer according to GoDaddy. Thanks!

    1. I believe you simply don’t tell GoDaddy anything about your plans about email. Then you go update the applicable records (MX records?) and you’re all set. You can have every *@domain.com email address go to a single inbox or set up individual email addresses. If I’m wrong about any of this someone will correct me.

    2. You need to have a server somewhere hosting your domain to be able to send email with this domain, even if Google is sending it through their Gmail platform. So you need Go Daddy or any other host. You can’t have just a domain and then have Gmail set up to send email as this domain. The host (Go Daddy) is the middle man. However, Go Daddy sucks and you should consider moving your domain to a respectable host.

    3. GoDaddy provides free email forwarding with each domain registered. You do NOT have to subscribe to their paid email service to make this work. Once you register your domain, redeem the "Email Forwarding – 100 pack" to enable this feature. Then setup up to 100 forwards to Gmail or wherever…there is also a CATCH-ALL option!

      Note, I had to add 2 MX records to make this all work:

      MX @ smtp.secureserver.net (Priority: 0) 1 Hour
      MX @ mailstore1.secureserver.net (Priority: 10) 1 Hour

      GoDaddy’s article about this:
      https://ca.godaddy.com/help/set-up-my-forwarding-email-address-7598

      1. Brent, I just had a chat with godaddy rep. I referred to the article, but the rep said I need to pay for Workspace and email services in order to get Email Forwarding pack. What do you mean by MX records, I am not tech savvy to know the terminology.

    4. Hi Erica, I am in the same shoes right now. Purchased domain only and would like to have email address, but no need for website. I see your post if 5 months old, what was the solution you went with? Thanks!

  26. Title is a bit missleading "How to Use Gmail with Your Custom Domain (For Free)" should be "How to Use Gmail with Your custom domain with a free trial"

    1. Hey Alberto, did you read the full article? This is a step-by-step tutorial for hacking Gmail to use it with a custom domain for free. The G Suite offer is an alternative for people who may just want to get the "legit" option after all.

  27. This is great, but now that I get calendar invites, they seem to get lost in the ether. I can accept the invites, but they go to the calendar of my custom email address, which isn’t replicated on my gmail account/calendar. Any ideas on how to replicate the invites to my gmail account or add the invites going to my custom domain email address to my existing gmail account? Thanks in advance!

  28. This is great, thank you! I got it to work through gmail browser, but is there a way to get it to still come from my alias using my apple mail program?

  29. Great tutorial! Make sure you read each step carefully because you may run into some problem if you just quickly glance at the steps. Regardless, I’m super happy I can now use an email address that is personalized just for me. <3

  30. Elliot Hunter

    Doesn’t appear to work, falls at the last hurdle where a verification email is sent to you@youdomain.com. But because you don’t pay for email hosting its impossible to receive this email. I’m using Godaddy is there a way around this?

    1. To use Gmail for free you must use the Gmail app on a phone or tablet. On a computer you would use something like Thunderbird. On your phone, open the app, go to settings, add account. Type in your info such as , me@mydomain.com , your password. The next part is the most important and where most people make mistakes. Go to incoming and outgoing mail, by default it puts in the addresses wrongly. Go to your cpanel to get your outgoing and incoming mail settings, but usually it’s mail.mydomain.com.

    1. Yes that’s a good distinction–G Suite is definitely for those who are starting a new business, nonprofit or otherwise. If you just want a custom domain for your personal account, it’s best to stick with this hack.

  31. Hi there this blog is really helpful keep up the good work, One thing i need to ask from you is "HOW CAN I REMOVE THE WORD "sent via gmail.com" i would really appreciate if you could help me on this one. thank you and best regards

  32. This is exactly what I was looking for. You’ve saved me from having to get a whole g-suite or paying for email hosting. This is much better. Thanks!

  33. I created and used the App-specific password for 3) 5. and it was accepted. However, I too did not receive the email to my Gmail account with the verification link needed to complete the confirmation. Am I missing something?

  34. I keep getting an "authentication failed" message when I try to do the "smtp.gmail.com" step and I tried both my gmail username before "@", as well as the full e-mail. I’ve enabled the "less secure apps" already.

    My error code is:
    Server returned error: "534-5.7.14 <https://accounts.google.com/signin/continue?sarp=1&scc=1&plt=AKgnsbtV 534-5.7.14 A7WrdLAdMFi-xwojs6XYjkVzdo3Z6EhKUzhGpb-f8LHDssFX91Gj9DSATgvwCTpGlQ8ekL 534-5.7.14 _88dph3-ZJgFJO1LR72r6reg-prqX8pxdl3llMScgG_ycUIopQ21P_N7GOkJvJUmpBITcc 534-5.7.14 ERmwbe8lL9QznWUACK0w7nNox_FWsh3Kxb3jeEQKcfnnE0GjDJneeNftBeIdYCTWI1mFxN 534-5.7.14 qni100Hg> Please log in via your web browser and then try again. 534-5.7.14 Learn more at 534 5.7.14 https://support.google.com/mail/answer/78754 r11sm13910933iog.46 – gsmtp , code: 534"

    Anyone know a solution?

  35. Hi Thank you for the amazing tutorial! I have a little issue though?
    On my original gmail address, I can choose to send a mail through the original address as well as my new ‘domain address’. However, when the person replys to my domain address email, it is NOT forwarded to my original gmail account but rather goes back to the domain email? Please tell me where I have gone wrong and how to fix it? 🙂

  36. giving this error… help me plz how can i solve… i am on godaddy…!

    Oops, we weren’t able to finish. Please verify that you have entered the exact settings provided by your other email service. Contact your other email administrator for further details.

  37. GoDaddy is giving me trouble; how do I sign into webmail if I never chose a password? Also, it says the webmail address I created isn’t in their system. I just dont get it…

  38. Great post.

    However, when I followed the instructions for GoDaddy it didn’t work flawlessly.

    I found that when creating the forwarding email, GoDaddy didn’t automatically update the DNS, so I had to manually add the MX records for GoDaddy’s two mail servers to my domain’s own DNS records.

    Once I did this emails started to flow after a couple of minutes.

  39. "Username: The part of your gmail address that comes before “@gmail.com”"
    does not work for me. The "send email as" got registered successfully, but when I hit send button nothing happened (though it thrown some exception in the console).

    Instead I managed to get it working by using my full gmail address as Username. Hope it helps

  40. thttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zElSfosZ48o

    good steps but this link helped me finish it off

    It seems like you have to change the DNS settings for godaddy users

  41. Don’t do it. A G-Suite account doesn’t have many of the nice features of the personal GMail account, such as family sharing.

    I’ve had a custom domain with Gmail since soon after Gmail was launches and now I’m in a terrible position that I can’t share any of my library with my family. Family Sharing is disabled, and so are some of the features you can use with Google Home.

    1. Just to be clear, when i said ‘Don’t do it’ I meant don’t buy a G-Suite account expecting it to function the same as a personal account.

      Unfortunately, google provide no way to have a personal google account with a custom domain.

  42. Hi,

    I was able to set-up forwarding, and set up my alias. But the emails are not being delivered, when i send an email out using my alias, it returns this:

    "Message not delivered
    You’re sending this from another Google account using the ‘Send mail as’ feature. To send this message, please log in:"

    But I’m obviously logged in my account.

    Kindly help.

  43. I’ve done this but some companies block email sent this way due to SPF records not matching up. Have you seen this? Any advice on how to ensure emails are getting through?

    1. Yes, I have seen emails get blocked. It’s rare, but it does happen. This is just a hack, so if perfect deliverability is something you’re concerned about, I would suggest signing up for G Suite.

      1. All you have to do is add +include:_spf.google.com to your spf record, for example mine is:

        v=spf1 +a +mx +a:ecbiz168.inmotionhosting.com +include:spf.efwd.registrar-servers.com +include:_spf.google.com ~all

  44. It appears I either have the option to pay monthly through my go daddy account or pay monthly through g suite. So neither way is actually free. Is this correct?

    1. No, the method in this post is entirely free. You can get free email forwarding from your domain host or a service like mailgun. The paid options from GoDaddy or G Suite are the "legit" ways to do this, if you’re concerned about the long term.

  45. Hi, thanks for the post. I am not receiving the email for verification in the last step. I set up the forwarding from Bluehost to my Gmail address already, but for whatever reason I’m not getting that email…

  46. It doesn’t work for me. I get this message (after turning on less secure apps).
    Server returned error: "DNS Error: 3844048 DNS type ‘aaaa’ lookup of smtp.google.com responded with code NXDOMAIN 3844048 DNS type ‘a’ lookup of smtp.google.com responded with code NXDOMAIN , code: 0"

    Seems like a DNS error. Gmail can’t find it own servers? Or they put a block for using it like that.

  47. I’m not sure why, but step #3 is just not working for me… I’ve opened another browser that I don’t often use to verify the PW I’m entering for my gmail account is correct and it is. I’m at a loss…

    Here is the error details if that helps:

    Server returned error: "534-5.7.14 <https://accounts.google.com/signin/continue?sarp=1&scc=1&plt=AKgnsbvZ 534-5.7.14 JPtLcGN09fUuTx1T5UZ9JK_sZVJL4_3j_dwYIzK7cIeffHLh-L-xQwOZ4RxnxmPNHokaCw 534-5.7.14 y5vvzwbLNLF_vUHgBUIAEcGkReAAfbYixuKmdve7qcjX7NlHjQKvpNJjGeKiwpG4-HaQFi 534-5.7.14 48Xk8TO_ZKZmt8Vx_qQYPFRddC4aCuMeLdQN7B3UEhHSlGEjr2xmfxrBiX4QdRmYjKQ0Te 534-5.7.14 5Wukp2mHlsZupFeNRl_GUKwNMxlCMIZx4E8ATe_lGoZpsL5-R7> Please log in via 534-5.7.14 your web browser and then try again. 534-5.7.14 Learn more at 534 5.7.14 https://support.google.com/mail/answer/78754 m203-v6sm20288581oig.42 – gsmtp , code: 534"

    1. I was having the same issue, go here to "allow for less secure apps" https://myaccount.google.com/u/2/lesssecureapps?pageId=none

      Then I went here, https://support.google.com/mail/answer/7126229?visit_id=636710828170639236-2406680591&rd=2#cantsignin and at the top of the page, there was a warning label telling me that "google prevented a suspicious attempt to sign in to your account…" and I clicked a link to "Review activity now", but could also be found here https://myaccount.google.com/device-activity?service=pr_bl&rfn=5&rfnc=4&anexp=desktop – My login was blocked, but once I reviewed and marked my login as safe, it worked the very next time I attempted to log in.

  48. Thank you for the informative post! One question…I cannot seem to get the email that contains the verification code because the verification code email from google is being sent to the new email account that I have yet to verify. Make sense? What I am doing wrong?

      1. First off… THANKS! This is a awesome ‘hack’ and you are kind to answer these follow ups with details.

        Azure has a great free tier ( no affiliation – just making up for years of cursing MSFT) where there is no (easy) way to manage mail. So I’m trying to avoid spinning up a box just to manage SMTP.

        I have completed step 3 and the verification email has been sent to the address I fabricated for gmail. That request is now lost in space because I don’t have an SMTP server in azure. I was hoping a simple MX record (I manage the DNS in Azure) would suffice but I guess I have to build a SMTP server to handle this verification request. Meh… kind of defeats the purpose. .. I just want a vanity address that works. Just thinkin out loud here.

  49. Awesome post, just one question. Emails are still been saved in my server, thats the whole idea for me to use Gmail´s free 15GB. Any ideas?
    Thanks!

  50. Hi Jason, thanks for this! I am a user on GoDaddy and I am trying to find the "Manage" button next to the Workspace email, but I’m unable to find it.

    This is what I see – https://cl.ly/1F0Q2g0e183j

    Do you mean that I should sign up for a GoDaddy’s Office365 email service first before proceeding to the next steps?

  51. I was able to set up my custom Gmail account to SEND emails…but I am not RECEIVING emails that should be forwarding from my custom domain account to my custom gmail account…hope that makes sense!

  52. Thank you for this beautifully easy to understand step by step explanation of how to set this up. I was able to process everything as described with go daddy and gmail (although I did have to enable 2-step verification to satisfy the security requirements). The only issue is for some reason the email doesn’t seem to be forwarding yet. I’m hoping it’s just a set up delay and that the emails will come through soon…

    1. Glad it helped you!
      When you set up a forwarding address in Gmail, it sends a verification email to the new address to confirm you’re not spamming some stranger. You’ll need to click the link in that email or copy the code into your old Gmail’s settings to complete the forwarding set-up.

  53. Hi,

    Earlier I am able to log in in Gmail UI with my domain and password like login ID email@mydomain.com and PWD.

    but later I have noticed when I am log in it transferring me to gmail id.

    PS I have created gmail account and did setting for email@mydomain.com I received my confirmation email and activated.

    Now question is do I need to activate email forwarding ?? is it necessary ?

    What if I directly login in GMail UI as email@mydomain.com. will I be able to receive emails?

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