- Gmail can serve as a central hub for several of your email accounts
- Send email from a custom email address with Gmail
- Custom Gmail from addresses, on behalf of tags and sender policy tree
Gmail can serve as a central hub for several of your email accounts
You are not limited to your Gmail address when sending messages from Gmail. Set up virtual accounts for all your addresses and use them to populate the header From †
The information in this article applies to Gmail running in the browser. The behavior in the mobile app or desktop email client will be different.
Send email from a custom email address with Gmail
To set up an email address for use with Gmail:
Click the gear icon Institutions in Gmail, then click Institutions to open the Control Panel.
Click Accounts and Import † Add another email address † This link to add an address is in the section labeled Send email as †
Enter your display name and email address in the pop-up box.
The Add Address Wizard will evaluate your input. If it can determine the server settings of your address, the wizard will ask you to send a confirmation message. However, if it cannot determine the settings based on your email address, you will have to manually enter the SMTP settings – your server and port, your username and your password. Enter these items and click Add Account †
Check for a new email in your email client and follow the confirmation link.
Close the window Confirmation successful † When queuing to send messages from Gmail From a drop-down list will appear showing the account from which your message will be sent.
Custom Gmail from addresses, on behalf of tags and sender policy tree
When you send email with an address other than your primary @gmail.com address through the Gmail servers (rather than the external SMTP server configured for that address), Gmail adds your Gmail address to the header Sender e-mail. †
This procedure is consistent with sender authentication schemes such as SPF. While the address in the From line doesn’t identify Gmail as the actual source, the Gmail sender header ensures that the message doesn’t trigger red alerts for spam and fraud detection systems.
Some recipients (for example, people using Outlook) may see your message from “…@gmail.com; on behalf of…” when sending messages from another email address.