How to Use Gmail with Custom Domain Email for Free

No doubt most of the web hosting companies provides a Free Email accounts.

But the truth is,

Mail clients used by them are ugly and most of the important features are missing.

And on the other hand, for the peoples like me who are used to the Gmail interface, is hard to switch.

So if you are you looking for a way to use Gmail custom domain email you are at right place.

One of the easiest & permanent solutions to this is to Sign Up for G Suite (14 Days Free Trial). But if you don’t want to spend a penny and looking for a temporary solution you can follow this step by step tutorial to “use Gmail custom domain email” within 10 minutes.

Things you will need for this tutorial:

  • Domain
  • Web Hosting With Free Email Accounts [SiteGround]
  • Gmail Account

Step 1: Create Custom Domain Email Address For Free

Here the first step will be to create a custom domain E-mail address for free. For this be will be using the E-mail hosting feature. Most of the Web hosting companies provide it for free.

In this tutorial I am using Namecheap hosting. But for most of the web hosts steps will be same.

1. Login to your Hosting C Panel.

C Panel custom domain email

2. Head over to Email Section and click on Email Accounts.

Email Accounts Setup custom domain email

3. Now click on Add Email Account.
Fill up the required information such as your Email, Password, Domain for which you are going to create an Email and Mailbox Quota.

Create new email account custom domain email

Under domain section you can see a Drop Down icon. This is because I have hosted 2-3 domain on this hosting. So it gave you an option to create Custom Domain Email for different domains.

4. Hit create account button and a success message will Popup on your screen.

Step 2: Forward Mails From Custom Email Accounts To to Gmail Account

After successful creation of custom Email Address for your Business now its time to forward the incoming mails to your Gmail account. For this I am going to use the Email Forwarding feature available inside your Hosting C Panel.

But before that I will suggest you to create a new Gmail account specially used for professional use. You can create a new Gmail account from here.

1. Now once again head over to Email section inside your hosting C Panel and click on Forwarders.

Email forwading custom domain email

2. Under Create an Email Account Forwarder, click on Add Forwarder and fill up the required information.

Email Forwading setup custom domain email

3. Now to finish the setup process click on Add Forwarder again.

Test out Email Forwarding Working or Not?

4. Sign in to your personal Gmail account and compose a Email to your Custom Email Address yourname@yourdomain.com.

Email Forwarding testing custom domain email

5. Check Inbox of your newly created Gmail account mail will be forwarded there.

Email Forwarding Working custom domain email

If it doesn’t show up in Inbox check out your Spam folder.

Step 3: Tweak Gmail to Send Emails Within Gmail Dashboard

Till now everything worked perfectly and I am assuming it also worked for you.

Now the final step is to tweak your Gmail account so you can send mail from a Custom Email Address with Gmail.

Steps to Send Mail from Custom Email With Gmail:

1. Login to your Gmail account and head over to Gear icon then click on settings option.

Gmail Email settings custom domain email

2. Now head over to Accounts and Import Option and look out for Send mail as option. Now click on Add another Email address.

Add another email address custom domain email

3. Fill up the required information.

gmail custom domain

Name: Your Name (It will display as a sender name )
Email Address: Your Custom Email Address
Tick the Treat as an alias

4. Next step is to setup SMTP server so you can send mail within your Gmail dashboard.

gmail custom domain

For this you need SMTP server details. Most of the host will send it to your Mailbox (Custom Email Mailbox) when you create a new email account.

Smtp configuration settings custom domain email
Mail client settings custom domain email

If you didn’t get any mail you can get it manually while setting up your Mail Client. Below I have attached Godady’s SMTP server details.

Godady SMTP server details custom domain email

5. Gmail Team will send you a verification code to your custom Email address. Now open your Custom Email Inbox or Gmail Inbox (we have added Email forwarding) to get the verification code.

Gmail Confirmation custom domain email
Gmail confirmation code custom domain email

6. Hit the verify button and all is set.

7. Now in Gmail under Settings> Accounts and Import Option> Send mail as> Make Custom Email as Default.

Set custom Domain email as default custom domain email

8. Test out whether it is working or not? Compose a new mail and send it to your another account.

Gmail custom domain added successfully custom domain email
gmail custom domain email

Final Thoughts on Setting Gmail Custom Domain Email:

Having a professional Email address is always a plus point for your business. And if you have followed this tutorial you are now having a professional Email address for free.

And the best part is, you can access it through Gmail.

Do let us know it worked or not? Drop a comment below and I will try my best to resolve your problems.

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