Using Gmail’s send mail as function with a GoDaddy email forwarder address is easier than you think. It seems like GMail doesn’t want us to do this, because they don’t offer any instructions on how to set it up.
In fact, a lot of the material I read while researching this topic says that Google recently changed their “treat as alias” settings to require additional authentication. That’s a perfectly fine idea, but I wish they were clearer about how to integrate it with other services like, oh ya know, one of the largest hosting companies on the planet.
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Anyway, here’s the Gmail send as GoDaddy email forwarding magic spell.
1. Create an application-specific password (“App password”)
We’ll need this later, so it’s best to get it out of the way early. Here’s Google’s documentation about App passwords. The process is pretty simple, but it does require enabling 2-step verification. No help on that one. Just do it. Once 2-step is turned on, come back here and we can start back on the App Password thing.
1C. Go to App Passwords
Click on the other thing that doesn’t really look like a link.
Note: if you don’t see App Passwords as an option, you probably haven’t turned on 2-step verification yet. You must do that first.
1D. Your App Passwords
This is a list of all the application-specific passwords you’ve ever created. Scroll to the bottom.
1E. Add new App Password
These passwords are intended to be used only once. Google makes you choose when/where it will be used. Expand the Select app option.
1F. Select “Other (Custom name)”
You could probably choose Mail here, but to be extra clear, we’re going to provide our own name. Choose Other.
1G. Provide a name & hit Generate button
Type in some descriptive name, so you’ll recognize what this password is for the next time you visit the App Passwords list. Then hit the magic button.
2. Add a “Send mail as” address
The first step is easy and it hasn’t changed much since Google first rolled out this feature in….Bueller? I have no idea when. You can tell that by the 2007-era interface.
Fill in the name and send-as email, leave “Treat as an alias” checked, and click the Next Step button.
End of step.
3. Configure SMTP server
You don’t have to know what an SMTP server is. You just have to put this info in:
So, for example:
- SMTP Server: smtp.gmail.com (no options here; type that in verbatim)
- Username: email@example.com (this is your main GMail address, not your send-as address)
- Password: •••••••••••••••• (Paste in the App Password that we created in Step 1)
Note: if you get a DNS error, you probably forgot to change the SMTP Server field from smtp.EXAMPLE.com to smtp.gmail.com. If you get an authentication error, there’s something wrong with your App Password. Try that step again.
Once you see this “confirm verification” message, you’re home free. The verification code was sent to your GoDaddy email forwarder. As long as that forwarder is set up properly, you can go grab that verification code and enter it here. Hit the Verify button and you’re done.
Credit where credit is due
I found the working answer thanks to this post by Ellis Benus. Without it, I’d still be scratching my head. Ellis linked to his tutorial on a Super User thread. If you’re interested, the thread provides a bit of background info, but it’s not necessary.
I originally tried the Brand Revive method, but hit a brick wall since their method does not appear to work for GoDaddy’s forwarded emails, only the “Professional Email” webmail inbox product, which is $4/mo. Who pays for email these days, especially if you’re using GMail to send and receive it?