This is a step-by-step guide on how to start using your custom email address, associated with your custom domain, inside your GMail client, the same way you now use your @gmail.com address.
You should have received an email with the configuration details for your new email address. Refer to that going forward.
All these steps happen inside your GMail settings, on your web browser. Keep reading for how to configure this also for mobile.
Setting up outgoing (sending) email
Inside the GMail settings go to the “Accounts and Import” tab.
There you will find a section where you can add an email address from which you’ll be sending email from, other than your normal @gmail.com address.
Hit “Add another email address” and make sure “Reply from the same address the message was sent to” is checked, to simplify using multiple email accounts.
In this example I’ll be using a new email address for Nuno Maio, on the domain lusithanddevices.com. So, firstname.lastname@example.org.
On this next step leave “Treat as an alias” on and hit “Next Step”.
Here you’ll need to insert the information on the email you received, specifically for the SMTP settings (remember, you are configuring your email for sending, at this step). Make sure you select the port that is also on those details. Also, select SSL for secure (encrypted) email communications.
You should have received your email password via another medium, and that’s the one you need here.
With your new email address created, you will always have the option to check your email using a web interface. You will need to do that here, since GMail needs to make sure you are the owner of the address you are setting up.
Open your webmail and either click the link you received, or copy / paste the confirmation code.
Once your email is verified you’ll see the following info on your settings:
You can now select this address from a dropdown everytime you want to send an email from GMail. Sweet.
Receive emails sent to your new address on your GMail client
Let’s now set up your GMail to start receiving emails from your new address. Once this step is done you’ll be ready to send and receive emails, and thus have a fully functional, brand new and bespoke, professionally looking email address to woe your contacts. Shall we?
After hitting “Add email account” you’ll be presented with a screen to configure said email account for receiving emails. You’ll want to configure POP3.
Again, picking the right settings is important here, so triple check everything looks like the previous screenshot. Particularly the port and the two first checkboxes. You might want to add an automatic label for every incoming message. Up to you to decide how your mailbox organization will look like.
Once again, the details for the POP3 are on the email you received. The password is the same as always.
There you go.
To test this setup, send an email to your new email address, from your old one, say, and you should see it dropping on your GMail as any other would. If you hit “Reply” the sending address should be the new one, ie, email@example.com. Test that as well.
And you’re all set. Go out there and send (and receive!) some emails.
Configuring GMail on your mobile device
Don’t miss the next installment in which I explain how to also use your new bespoke address in your mobile device. Ta!