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Setting up a Gmail Account to Use your Existing Email Address

It’s possible to take advantage of all the convenience of a Gmail account, but still use your existing email address.

This is how it’s done:

  1. Sign up for a Free Gmail Account 
  2. Add your existing email address to Gmail so that you can compose and reply to emails with your existing email address
  3. and use Mail Fetcher to pull a copy of all of your emails into Gmail. 

Add your existing email address to Gmail:

Go to http://mail.google.com and set up a new Gmail account.

I set up alanlewiscalmit-at-gmail.com;- I don’t intend to use it as an email address for sending mail, but this enables me to use Gmail’s facilities.

In Gmail go to Settings –> Accounts and Import

Go to Gmail Settings

Under Accounts and Import we want to add our normal email address, so click on Add another email address you own

 Adding your email address to your Gmail account

I am adding my main email address: alan-at-calmit.org;

Note: Uncheck “Treat as an alias” – if you don’t want it to appear that your email is coming from Gmail

Add an email address to Gmail

In the next screen select Send through Gmail:

Setting up to send email through Gmail

The next screen asks you to verify your email address:

Gmail Settings Verification

Enter the verification code contained in the verification email:

enter verification code that was sent in the email

Now I can send email either from my new Gmail address (which I don’t want to do), or from alan-at-calmit.org

Use your normal email address from within Gmail

This is the one I want to use, so against  I click on make default and select “Always reply from default address (currently alan-at-calmit.org)” at the bottom.

Set up Gmail to Check Mail from your Main Email Account

Staying with the Accounts and Import tab click on Add a POP3 mail account you own account to set up Mail Fetcher

Add A POP3 Email Account You Own

  • this pulls a copy of all your emails into Gmail where it will be stored
  • your emails will also still still be received in Outlook, Outlook Express or Windows Live Mail as normal

Add a mail account you own

  • Enter your mail account settings
  • Make sure you check “leave a copy of retrieved message on the server” so that your emails will also still still be received in Outlook, Outlook Express or Windows Live Mail as normal

 

Add Mail Account Settings

The email account has now been added to Gmail:

The email account has been added
 
I normally turn off Conversation View (under the  General settings tab) so that the emails stack up as they come in, rather than getting grouped together
 
turn off conversation view

2 Responses to Setting up a Gmail Account to Use your Existing Email Address

  1. Larry Hutson June 17, 2015 at 11:11 pm #

    If I want to use g-mail, do I need an existing e-mail account with another vendor, or can g-mail be used standalone? I’m trying to help my sister set up a free e-mail service. Thank you for any information.

    • Alan August 4, 2015 at 8:53 am #

      Gmail can be used standalone – you don’t need an email account with another vendor

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