Stealth Gmail

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Stealth Gmail: a reader asked…

I have a Gmail account that I’d like to use not only for my personal email, but also for business. I have a domain name and have already set up email forwarding so my business email is sent to my Gmail inbox, but I’d like to be able to reply using my business email address. Instructions please?

This is a pretty common thing for folks to do, to keep from having to check multiple different email services. You can have as many addresses as you want forwarded to one central inbox such as your Gmail account, and use Gmail’s handy tagging/filing system to sort them out. You can even setup rules in Gmail to automatically sort incoming email to different tags (aka folders). Lots of small businesses use Gmail with their ‘vanity‘ email account addresses. Here are some step-by-step instructions for setting this up.

Please note that before you start this, you need to get some settings from your business email account service provider, specifically:

  1. your email address (example@example.com)
  2. the password associated with that email address
  3. the SMTP email server name (such as mail.example.com or smtp.example.com)
  4. the SMTP port number (such as 587 or 465)

In order to setup your Gmail account to send out email using a different address for replies, you will need to do a one-time setup. In Gmail (https://mail.google.com):

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Step 1: Click the gear icon near the top-right of the screen, then click the Settings link in the menu that appears. This gear icon appears at the top-right no matter what brand of browser you use, and is different than the browser’s settings link above it (usually shown as 3 dots/ellipsis). The gear icon is inside the Gmail page. I might as well tell you that many online destinations use a form of either the gear icon or an ellipsis to indicate a drop-down list of things you can do including changing settings.

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Step 2: Click the tab “Accounts” and then click the link in the section “Send mail as”. Please note that there are a lot of tabs across the top, and I encourage you to check out other things you can do with your Gmail account (some are pretty handy). Once you’ve done this a small yellowish window will pop up and you’ll complete the process in this window.

gmailsendasstep2Step 3: On the yellowish popup window, you’ll need to fill in the 2 boxes and uncheck the ‘Alias’ checkbox before you click the Next Step button. The two boxes are your name and the email address of your business account that you previously got from your business email account service provider.

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Step 4: On the next step, you’ll need to click the 2nd radio button to send email through your email service provider’s SMTP servers, then fill in the three boxes below that (also from the info you got from your business email account service provider), and click open the Port box to select the port number specified by your service provider. Then click the Add Account button.

Step 5: You may receive a confirmation email in your Gmail or your business email service provider’s inbox that contains a link which you must click to validate your settings.

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From that point on, you’ll be able to send email using either your Gmail address or your other email address. Back at the Accounts screen in Gmail Settings (step 2 above), you can choose how you want to normally send/reply to email by clicking the appropriate radio button, either by whichever email account the incoming email was sent to, or always to use one or the other address. Click the ‘make default’ link on whichever email address you want to normally use.

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gmailsendasinmailformEmail you send out from Gmail will always have the return address of your Gmail address (example@gmail.com) or whatever default account you selected above. Regardless, when you are creating an email message, you have the choice of sending email out through whichever email address you like. On the Gmail new message form, click the caret to the right of the email address showing in the From line to select a different from address.

 

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