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How to Forward Your GoDaddy Business Email to Gmail

Please mentally raise your hand if you have one personal email, one email for your business, one junk email (because don’t we all have one of those?), and two random emails for businesses you thought about starting. We can’t see you, but we’re pretty sure most of you reading this right now can relate. Because we at Seahawk Learn are dedicated to making your business life better, and we’re here to tell you an eye-opening little hack that will have you singing the hallelujah chorus. Kiss all that wasted time scouring the depths of your brain for multiple passwords goodbye, because today, we’re teaching you how to forward your GoDaddy business email to Gmail. Shall we?

Step 1: Log in

The first step is to log in to your GoDaddy account. After you sign in, go to “My Products.”

Step 2: Forward Your Email

To create your email forward, scroll down the page until you see the “Additional Products” tab. Click the blue drop-down arrow and choose “Email Forwarding.” Unless you’ve already used it, you should see a number of free credits depending on how many domains you have. Click the “Redeem” button and a pop-up will show up onscreen. If you have multiple domains, click the drop-down arrow and choose the domain that corresponds to the business email you want to forward, and hit “Redeem Credit.”

Click “Create Forward” and enter the business email you want to create in the first field option. Enter the email address you want all your business emails to forward to in the second field option. Then click the “Create” button at the bottom of the pop-up screen.

Step 3: Correct Your DNS Settings

In order to forward your GoDaddy business email to Gmail, you need to correct a series of tasks. Click the drop-down arrow on the “Tools” tab and choose “Server Settings.” There should be an error message that reads “No MX records were found,” meaning your email forwarding will not work as it is. To combat this, you need to go to your DNS settings page and enter the correct information.

To access your DNS settings page, log in to whatever hosting platform you have. If your website is hosted through GoDaddy, open a new tab and go to your GoDaddy profile account. Click “My Products.” Under the “Domains” section, you will see your domain address. Click the “DNS” button to the right of your domain name.

To add your MX records, scroll to the bottom of the “Records” section and click “Add.” Fill in the “Type” field with “MX” option. In the “Host” field, type “@.” To fill in the “Points To” box, go to your other tab and copy the first line under the “Correct Settings” box and paste it into the “Points To” box. Type a zero in the “Priority” box and click “Save.” You’ll be taken back to the “Records” section.

Choose “Add” again to create your second MX record. Choose “MX” as your “Type.” Add a “@” to the “Host” box. To fill in the “Points To” box, go to your other tab and copy the second line under the “Correct Settings” box and paste it into the “Points To” box. In the “Priority” box, type the number “10” and click “Save.”

Go back to your previous tab where the MX records error message was found and refresh the screen. You should get the green light and a message that says “Your MX records are correct.” This means your email forwarding is good to go! However, there are two more steps to cover all your business email forwarding bases.

(To test it out, you can send an email to your business email and see if it appears in your Gmail account).

Step 4: Create A SMTP2GO Account

While you can successfully forward business emails to your Gmail account, you can’t send emails from your business email account. In order to do that, you need an SMTP2GO account. Go to smtp2go.com and choose “Try SMTP2GO Free.” Create an account. After you sign up, you will have your SMTP username and password.

Step 5: Add Your SMTP Account To Gmail 

Go to your Gmail account and click the gear icon on the far righthand side of the screen and choose “Settings.” Click the “Accounts and Import” tab. Under the “Send Mail As” option, click “Add Another Email Address.” Fill in the “Name” box with the From name you want customers to see when replying from your business emails. In the “Email Address” box, add the business email address you created and click “Next Step.”

The next screen will ask for your SMTP info. Copy and paste your SMTP2GO username and password. In the “SMTP Server” box, go back to your SMTP2GO account page and click “Finish.” Copy the info next to the SMTP Server and paste it into the “SMTP Server” box. In the “Port” drop-down, choose “25” and then click “Add Account.”

A pop-up should show up on the screening saying you should receive a confirmation email in your Gmail inbox. Click the email and copy the confirmation code. Go back to the pop-up and paste the code into verification box and hit “Verify.” And we’re done!

To triple check if you correctly forwarded your GoDaddy business email to Gmail, go to your Gmail account and go back to your Settings. Click the “Accounts and Import” tab and scroll down to the “Send Mail As” option. You should see your business email account listed.

We hope this comes in handy in your day-to-day business life. For more tips and tricks, browse through our entire Seahawk Learn library for more helpful blogs and videos.

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