How to Use Your Domain Email Address on Free Gmail

Gmail is a fantastic mail client, with a powerful UI and a ton of options.

A lot of people use it not only for their @gmail.com address, but also for their professional email address, completely for free. No paid Google Workspace account needed.

In this quick guide we’ll see how that can be achieved in just a few clicks. This guide is for the desktop version of Gmail, but similar processes exist for the Android and iOS apps.

Don’t have a business email address yet?

This guide assumes you already have a working business email address. If you don’t, no biggie! You can create one in a few minutes. Hop to our post How to Create a Business Email Address for Free in 3 Easy Steps.

Ready? Go!

Step 1: Go to Gmail’s Accounts Settings [10 seconds]

Login to Gmail, and go to Settings > See all settings > Accounts and imports. Then scroll down to the “Check mail from other accounts” section.

Gmail > Settings.
Gmail > Settings.
Gmail > Settings > See all settings.
Gmail > Settings > See all settings.
Gmail > Settings > See all settings > Accounts and imports.
Gmail > Settings > See all settings > Accounts and imports.

Click on the Add a mail account link.

Note

The Add another email address link you see in the “Send mail as” section is for when you only want to add a “send as” address. No need to click on that as the “send as” setup is already included in the Add a mail account process.

Step 2: Add Your Business Email Address [1 minute]

Google asks you to fill in a few fields in a popup, in a 7 steps process. No worries, each step is super quick, it’ll take you no more than a minute.

In our example we’re adding an address emma@myshinynewdomain.com hosted by www.postale.io.

Gmail desktop offers two ways to add an external account: either via Gmailify or via the POP protocol. Gmailify is not widely supported, whereas POP works with any mail provider, so we’ll use the latter.

IMAP support

The desktop version of Gmail doesn’t support IMAP for external addresses. However, the mobile apps on Android and iOS do support it. We recommend to use IMAP on the mobile apps due to some drawbacks with POP.

Before you start, make sure you got the POP and SMTP server settings of your domain email service at hand. For www.postale.io they’re listed here.

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Gmail – add a mail account step 1.
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Gmail – add a mail account step 2.
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Gmail – add a mail account step 3.
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Gmail – add a mail account step 4.
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Gmail – add a mail account step 5.
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Gmail – add a mail account step 6.
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Gmail – add a mail account step 7.
  1. Enter your domain email address and click Next.
  2. Select “Import emails from my other account (POP3)” and click Next.
  3. Fill in your POP (incoming) server information.
    • Username. For www.postale.io that’s your full domain email address, including the domain.
    • Password.
    • POP server hostname.
    • POP server port.
    • Check “Leave a copy of retrieved message on the server”.
    • Check Always use secure connection when retrieving mail.
    • Click Add Account.
  4. Select “Yes, I want to be able to send mail as xxx@yyy.zzz”, and click Next.
  5. Fill in the name to use when sending as your domain email address. We recommend leaving “Treat as an alias” checked, but that’s up to you (have a look here). Click Next Step.
  6. Fill in your SMTP (outgoing) server information.
    • SMTP server hostname.
    • SMTP server port.
    • Username. For www.postale.io that’s your full domain email address, including the domain.
    • Password.
    • Check “Secure connexion using TLS”.
    • Click Add Account.
  7. Go to your domain email address mailbox from another mail client or webmail, copy/paste the verification code Google just sent you, and click Verify.

That’s it! You can now send and receive emails with your business email address from Gmail.

To send an email from that address simply select it in the “From” drop down menu when writing a new email.

Troubleshooting

If you’re experiencing issues you may find some valuable information on Google’s own documentation for external accounts.

Drawbacks of POP: Mailbox Synchronization and Storage Space

There are two small drawbacks with this system that we must mention.

Since the POP protocol is being used, when you move, delete or send an email from Gmail, the change is not reflected on the server.

These drawbacks don’t apply to mobile apps

The Gmail mobile apps on Android and iOS allow adding addresses with IMAP, instead of POP, which we recommend. These drawbacks don’t exist in that case.

The first consequence is that an email moved, sent or deleted from Gmail doesn’t appear in your Sent or Trash or other folder on other mail apps or on your webmail. Conversely, if you move, send or delete an email from another app or your webmail, the change is not reflected on Gmail.

That’s not really an issue of course if you stick with using only Gmail.

The second consequence is that your emails use up space not only on the server of your domain email provider, but also on your Gmail account, separately. So when your mailbox gets big, you need to make sure you’re not running out of space on both systems.

Bonus 1: Set a Profile Picture

Need to set a profile picture for your business email address freshly added to your Gmail? Sure, we can do that!

Note

Profile pictures actually depend on the mail app used by your recipients. With Gmail for instance, only people using Gmail to open your emails will see your Google account profile picture (or people using another app also fetching the Google profile picture).

You have two options, depending on whether you want to use the same profile picture as the one used on your @gmail.com address or use another one:

  • Add your domain email address as an alternate email in your Google account. Then your usual Google account profile picture will show up to Gmail users when you send from your domain email address.
  • Create a new Google account with your domain email address (select the “Use my current email address instead” option), then:
    1. Login to that new account and open Gmail (you’ll be asked to choose an @gmail.com address and your domain address will become an alternate address of that account).
    2. Perform the steps mentioned earlier to add your domain address to that account’s Gmail.
    3. Add a profile picture to the account. That profile picture will show up to Gmail users when you send from your domain email address.

Bonus 2: Add a Signature

Need to add a signature for when you send from your domain email address on Gmail? Easy peasy!

Go to Settings > See all settings > General. In the “Signature” section, click the Create new button and fill in your domain address.

The address then appears in the list above the create button, select it and you can type your signature on the right.

Gmail add a signature
Add a signature to your business email address on Gmail.

If you want an HTML signature (colors, images, and so on), you can create it elsewhere an copy/paste the rendered HTML in the textarea, it’ll work.

Over to You

I hope this guide has helped you with your Gmail integration. What do you think? Did we forget to mention something? Are there some other mail apps you’d like us to cover?

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