Setting up POP3 and SMTP for Gmail

This tutorial guides you, how to use Gmail interface to send and receive emails using an email account you create in cPanel via POP3 or IMAP and SMTP.

You can use Gmail as an email client much like; Outlook, Mac Mail or Thunderbird.

Before you continue, please read below carefully.

  • Gmail only allows you to set up your email with POP and not IMAP. This means that your email only gets downloaded, it doesn't get synced back to the server.
  • Gmail only downloads emails from your Inbox. Emails in other folders, like Send and Drafts are not downloaded.
  • By default, Gmail downloads the emails and then removes them from the server. We recommend that you check the option to leave a copy of the email on the server. That way you can still access your emails in Webmail.
  • You will need your POP and SMTP settings to complete this tutorial. You can find here. Or find in cPanel or Webmail.
  • If you previously created an email forwarder to your Gmail account, you will need to remove it. You can’t receive emails if there’s a forwarder in place.
  • We recommend using the secure (SSL) settings. Using SSL email settings is more secure as it encrypts the data while in transit.


STEP – 1

  1. Log in to your Gmail account.
  2. Click the gear icon in the top right corner.
  3. Select Settings from the drop-down menu.

       Gmail Gear icon and settings  

STEP – 2

  1. Click Accounts and Importin the menu at the top.

    Accounts and Import in the menu at the top.

  2. Click Add an email account.
     Add an email account

STEP – 3

  1. Type in the email address you want to set up in Gmail.
  2. Click Next.
      Type in the email address you want to set up

STEP – 4

  1. Select "Import emails from my other...".
  2. Click Next.
     Import emails from my other account

STEP – 5

Enter the POP3 settings for your domain’s email address. Then click Add Account.

    Enter the POP3 settings for your domain’s email address

STEP – 6

You can now receive emails from your email account in Gmail. The next step is to set up the outgoing settings, so that you can also send emails from your account.

  1. Select "Yes, I want to be able to send..."
  2. Click Next.
     Yes, I want to be able to send mail

STEP – 7

  1. Enter the sender name you want to be visible to your recipients.
  2. Click Next step.
      1.	Enter the sender name you want to be visible to your recipients

STEP – 8

  1. On the Send mail through your SMTP server page, fill in your SMTP Server (typically “”) Username (full email address), and Email Password.
  2. Then, click the Add Account button.
    fill in your SMTP Server details

STEP – 9

Gmail will now send a verification code to the email address you just added. You can either click the link in the email or copy/paste the code into the text box and click Verify.

    Gmail will now send a verification code to the email address you just added

Congratulations! Your account is now set up. You can both send and receive email in Gmail. Test sending and receiving mail from that account to make sure it works as you expect.

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