Setting up Gmail for POP3 and SMTP

You can use the Gmail interface to send and receive emails using an email account you create with your domain. By setting up your domain’s email address as a POP3 and SMTP account in your Gmail account, you can use Gmail as an email client (much like you would use Outlook, Mac Mail, or Thunderbird). This article explains how.

Set up Gmail to Send/Receive Email for Your Domain

Step 1. Log into your Gmail account.

Step 2. Click on the Cog drop-down menu (in the upper-right) and select Settings.

gmail cog menu button

Step 3. Click the Accounts tab.

gmail settings accounts tab

Step 4. Next to Check mail from other accounts:, click Add a mail account.

gmail settings accounts add mail account

NOTE: A pop-up window will appear to continue the setup process in. You will need to allow pop-ups in your browser settings, if you do not see the pop-up window appear.

Step 5. Enter the email address you created for your domain and click Next.

gmail settings add a mail account pop up

Step 6. Enter the POP3 settings for your domain’s email address. Then click Add Account.

add a mail account pop3 settings add account button

You will see a message stating Your mail account has been added.

add a mail account successful

Step 7. To continue to set up SMTP in Gmail, select Yes and click Next Step.

smtp set up next button

NOTE: If you do not want to send emails for your domain through Gmail, click the No radio button. You don’t need to follow the next steps.

Step 8. Enter your Name, as you would like it to appear when sending emails from this account. Also, ensure that the check box for Treat as an alias is checked.

add email for sending name alias

Click the Next Step button to proceed.

Step 9. On the Send mail through your SMTP server page, fill in your SMTP Server (typically ““), Username (full email address), and Email Password.

add email for sending smtp settings

Then, click the Add Account button.

Step 10. Now, Gmail will email a verification code to the email address you just added. You can either click the link in the email or copy/paste the code into the text box and click Verify.

add email for sending verify button

Now you will see your domain’s email address in the Send mail as and the Check mail from other accountssections.

Congratulations! Now, you know how to Setup Gmail for POP3 and SMTP.