How to Set Up an Email Address in Gmail

Do you want to send and receive your Porkbun-hosted email address without having to leave Gmail? Not a problem! Follow these steps for how to set up an email address in Gmail and you’ll be good to go.

How to Set Up a Custom Email Address in Gmail

Here's your easy guide to set up your custom email address in Gmail:

Create an email address using your domain.
Log in to your Gmail account. Select the gear in the upper right-hand corner of your account. 

gmail settings gear

In the upper-right corner, click "See all settings." gmail settings button

On the settings screen, click the “Accounts and Import” tab. Scroll down to the section labeled "Check mail from other accounts:" and click "Add a mail account." gmail accounts and import screen

On the first "Add a mail account" screen, enter your new custom email address and hit "Next."
add custom email address to gmail

On the next screen, select "Import emails from my other account (POP3)" and click "Next." import custom email address into gmail

On the next screen, input the following settings:
  • Username is your full email address (not just the part before the @ symbol).
  • Password is the password you entered when setting up the email address.
  • POP Server is
  • Port is 995
  • Check the "Leave a copy of retrieved message on server" and "Always use a secure connection (SSL) when retrieving mail" checkboxes.
  • Optionally, click "Label incoming messages" if you wish to identify from your inbox messages sent to your custom address.

configure custom email in gmail

Click "Add Account." From now on, Gmail will automatically download any message sent to your custom address into your Gmail inbox.

Next, configure Gmail to be able to send as your custom email address. Select "Yes, I want to be able to send mail as... and hit "Next." sending custom email address in gmail

On the next screen, Provide the name that will show when the email is sent from this address. Your first and last name or business name are good values for this field. "Treat as an alias" should be checked. Click "Next Step."
naming custom email address in gmail

On the next screen, input the following settings:
  • SMTP Server is:
  • Port is 587
  • Username is your full email address (not just the part before the @ symbol).
  • Password is the password you entered for that email account.
  • Secured connection using TLS must be selected.

configure SMTP server gmailClick "Add Account."

You should arrive at a page that reads: "Confirm verification and add your email address." Click the link that reads "Close Window." verify custom email address gmail

Check your Gmail inbox. A confirmation message from the "Gmail Team" should arrive within a few minutes. Open the message and click the link that follows the phrase: "Click the link below to confirm your request:"

custom email confirmation gmail

On the page that appears, click "Confirm." You are now authorized to send emails from your custom address.

confirm email address setup gmail

Replying to Messages as Your Custom Email Address

Now that you've followed these steps for how to add a custom email address to Gmail, there will be a new field labeled "From" with a drop-down list when you go to compose an email. Your new email address will appear in the drop-down list. Selecting the new address will send the message from it.

send messages custom email address gmail

You'll need to change your Gmail settings to always reply with the correct address. Under Gmail Settings, click the "Account and Import" tab. Under the "Send mail as" area, find the "When replying to a message:" section. Select "Reply from the same address the message was sent to." gmail reply from custom email address

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