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Google Domains & Setting up customised email without workspace

 Google Domains & Setting up customised email

Summary

Google services are extremely powerful and can be customised to great extend than you could ever imagine. In this article, we will look into setting up SMTP & Email forwarding from your own domain and gmail at zero cost (Well cost of the domain)

Pre-Reqs

  • A domain and Ability to amend DNS MX records (Example uses google domains and addresses are availble for around $10 per year)
  • Gmail address

Steps

Domain Steps - Setting up Email Forwarding

  • Setup Email Forwarding

    • Navigate to:  https://domains.google.com/registrar/<your_domain>/dns
    • Select Email -> Email Forwarding -> Add email alias
    • Add -> Verify
    • You should get an email to your "@gmail.com" address 
    • Verify it by clicking on the link

  • Verify if the MX records have come up in your DNS URL

    • Select DNS and Verify MX record has been added

  • Please wait some time (an hour or so) and send an email to your new address  "admin@diaryfolio.com" and see if you receive it

    Gmail Steps - Setting up Email Reply/Sending

    Now as we configured Email forwarding, you can give out your domain email address to others. But still when you reply back, it comes from your "@gmail.com" address. These steps will ensure you can reply back from same email address (i.e.  admin@diaryfolio.com")

    • Setup App password/key


      • Click Next Step -> SMTP details & Username (your personal email) & Password generated by "App Password" -> Add Account

      • You will get an email to your domain email address now (eg admin@diaryfolio.com)
      • By this time, it should have configured to reach your personal inbox by Email forwarding
      • Click on the verification Link (or paste the code into the popup verification code window)
    All set to go now. You can try sending email to to your domain email address and while replying back from your gmail, You can Select the "from" address now.

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