You may think it’s easy to set up a Gmail account on your iPhone — and it is. However, if you’re like me and you use a personalized email address that’s forwarded to a Gmail account, there’s one little twist that’s counterintuitive — which I’ll explain below.

Here’s the scenario: Let’s say you’ve already set up this email forwarding:

Configuring your iPhone

Go into your Settings and click on Mail, Contact, Calendars

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Choose Add Account…

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Here’s the counterintuitive part: It would seem like you should pick Gmail here…. but there’s a better way! Selecting Other will give you the opportunity to enter your own domain’s email address for outgoing mail rather than your Gmail address.

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Now select Add Mail Account

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Continue:

1. Your full name, ie Jay Blotny
2. Desired real email address: jay@blotny.com. Remember, this does not have to be your Gmail address!
3. Password
4. Any description

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Continue with the new account setup

1. IMAP is best.

2. ID section:
Name: Enter your full name… Jay Blotny
Address: This is where you put your desired email address.
Description: Whatever you like

3. Incoming Mail Server:
Host Name: imap.gmail.com
User Name: jayblotny@gmail.com (your Gmail address)
Password: yourpassword

4. Outgoing Mail Server:
Host Name: smtp.gmail.com
User Name: jayblotny@gmail.com (your Gmail address)
Password: yourpassword

5. Then click Next … That’s it!

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Your incoming and outgoing Gmail messages should now work smoothly — and your outgoing messages will be identified with your custom email address. And this will continue to build your brand identity!