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Send an email from your alias in Gmail

You can make it seem like you’re sending an email from an alias instead of your personal Gmail account. Before you begin, set up and activate email forwarding.

Important: While these directions let you send emails from a custom email alias at your domain, email recipients can still find your personal Gmail address if they inspect the email headers. Emails from your alias are not digitally signed and are more likely to be flagged as spam.

For a more secure and integrated custom email experience, sign up for Google Workspace.

Step 1: Generate your app password

  1. On your computer, go to your Google Account
  2. At the left, click Security
  3. Under "Signing in to Google," click App passwords and sign in, if required.
    • If you don't find "App passwords," click 2-Step Verification and follow the steps to turn on 2-step verification for your account. You may have to sign in again.
  4. Under “App passwords,” click Select app and then Mail.
  5. Click Select device and then Other.
  6. Enter the name of your domain and click Generate.
  7. From the app password box, copy the 16 character password generated. You'll need this address when you add your new send-as (forwarded) account (in Step 2 below).

Step 2: Add an email alias

  1. On your computer, go to Gmail.
  2. At the top right, click Settings Settingsand then Settings.
  3. Select the Accounts and import or Accounts tab.
  4. In the "Send mail as," click Add another email address.
  5. In the window that opens, enter the name you want recipients to find.
  6. Enter the email address alias you’ve set up for email forwarding. 
  7. Confirm that "Treat as an alias" is marked, and click Next step
  8. In the "SMTP Server" field, enter: smtp.gmail.com.
  9. From the "Port" menu, choose 587.
  10. In the "Username" field, enter the username you're signed in with. 
  11. In the "Password" field, enter the 16-character generated app password that you copied in Step 1. 
  12. Confirm that the Secured connection using TLS box is marked.
  13. Click Add account.

​Step 3: Confirm the address

  1. On your computer, go to Gmail.
  2. Open the confirmation message you received from Gmail.
  3. Click the link. 

Step 4: Change the "From" address

  1. In your message, click the "From" line.
    • If you don't find the "From" line, click the space next to the recipient’s email.
  2. Select the address to send from. 

For more help on how to send email from your email alias in Gmail, visit the Gmail Help Center.

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