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This guide quickly outlines how to set up Gmail to both send and receive mail using an email account associated with an outside server by using a secure connection.

Setting up a new account


Setting up receiving mail

  • Open the Gmail account that you would like to import mail to.

  • At the top right, click the gear.

  • In the drop down menu click Settings.

  • Select the Accounts and Import tab.

  • Find the "Check mail from other accounts (using POP3)" section.

  • Click "Add a POP3 mail account you own".

    • You should get a pop-up window.



  • Enter the email address you want to import mail from and click "Next Step >>".

  • Fill out the receiving settings using the following information:


Username: The username for the account (i.e. name@domain.com)
Password: The password for the account
POP Server: Your server name (Using mail.yourserver.com will not work, as it is an insecure connection)
Port: 995
Make sure the "Always use a secure connection (SSL) when retrieving mail." box is checked



  • Click "Add Account >>" and wait a moment for Gmail to check your connection to the server.

  • If you would not like to be able to send mail from Gmail for this account as well, select "No" and click "Finish".

  • If you would like to do so, select "Yes" and click "Next Step >>".


Setting up sending mail

  • Fill in the Name you would like for the account and click "Next Step >>".

  • Fill out the sending settings using the following information:


SMTP Server: Your server name (Using mail.yourserver.com will not work, as it is an insecure connection)
Port: 465
Username: The username for the account (i.e. name@domain.com)
Password: The password for the account
Select the "Secured connection using SSL" option



  • Click "Add Account >>"

  • Check your email for the confirmation email from Gmail.

    • Either enter the confirmation code into this page, or click the link sent in the email.




Configuring a current account



  • Open the Gmail account that you’ve been importing mail into.

  • At the top right, click the gear.

  • In the drop down menu click Settings.

  • Select the Accounts and Import tab.



To change receiving info:

  • Find the "Check mail from other accounts (using POP3)" section.

  • Find the account you want to change the information for and click "edit info".

  • To correctly configure your account follow the instructions in "setting up a new account".


To change sending info:

  • Find the "Send mail as:" section.

  • Find the account you want to change the information for and click "edit info"

  • To correctly configure your account follow the instructions in "setting up a new account".



This article was written by HostDime Support Tech Dillon Moore.