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How to have a professional email address with Gmail?

Do you already have a professional email, that is, an email with its own "domain"? Because today I'm going to show you how, step by step, you can also have a professional e-mail, spending as little as possible.

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If you intend to have or to consolidate your digital presence, a very important step is to have a professional email address. And when I mention professional email, I don't mean a new email that is just used for work, but really a "professional" email.

Imagine that your client will look up your contact details to find out more about your work and possibly hire you. Which email do you think "sounds best"?


Certainly, the second format gives a more "professional" air by using your own domain, even though it has nothing to do with the quality of work or professionalism of our lawyer Joseph (if you own the email above, Joseph, I am sorry - - any resemblance to reality is pure coincidence).

A beautiful card but an ugly email...

Well then, I'll show you how to create a professional email while spending as little as possible.


Okay, so this is the "paid" part of this guide.

To have a "professional" domain, that is, a domain other than, and the like, you will need to register a domain in your name, preferably something .com or .net, which are the most common domain endings you'll see on the internet and that most people will remember. There are other options (like this blog itself which has ".lawyer" at the end) but choosing a different domain is something you should only do if you have a good choice.

Want to see step by step how to buy a domain on the Internet? See our content: How to register a Professional Internet domain


Now that you already have a registered domain, I'll show you how to use it to get an email account right in your Gmail.

When looking for what other pages and channels that deal with the subject raise as possibilities, many say that you need a hosting service (or at least an email server) to have a professional email with your new domain.

Today I'm going to show you how I setup my domains to use them professionally together with Gmail, without having to subscribe to another service such as web hosting.

A. Email Forwarding

1. If your domain is registered with Google Domains

If you've registered your domain on Google Domains, it's all simpler since Google itself already provides this email forwarding service.

To set the forwarding, you just have to access your domain's settings in Google Domains, click on the "Email" menu and create an email alias: the intended address and where to redirect the emails.

Access your domain by clicking its name

Create an email Alias setting up the address you want and where to forward it

If I email now my example alias,, I should receive it in my Gmail inbox.

And voilá, it is working!

2. If your domain is registered elsewhere

If your domain is registered elsewhere and does not have an email forwarding service, we will need to use a different approach, such as in my case with for my domains (not supported by Google Domains).

My Brazilian registration service does not provide email forwarding

Email Server

To set up our professional email we will need an email server. An email server basically receives all emails forwarded to a certain address and redirects it according to the established settings.

In the case of Google Domains, they already offer an email redirection service as we have seen, but as the service does not support addresses at the moment, we will need some other service to fulfill this role.

We are going to use a free service called Forward Email. Make your free registration on the site informing your purchased domain (you can uncheck the option for additional protection) and create the new entries it indicates in your domain registration service. You must add 2 MX entries and a TXT record as instructed on the Forward Email page after you create the account:

Creating your account and adding a new domain

The service provides instructions on new entries to be created in your registration service

After creating the necessary records, your registration service will look somewhat like this:
Records in regsitration service

Click Save and wait a few minutes. In Forward Email click on the "Verify records" button or the refresh logs sign in the main panel:

Update your records

If everything is correct, you will see this message:

Registros OK

From now on, emails sent to our registered address will be forwarded to our Gmail account.

However, we are still unable to respond to this email received with our professional email, as both Google Domains and only set up incoming emails. Let's settle this now.

A. Sending emails from your new professional email

Enabling Two-Step Authentication and Creating an App Password

First, you must go to your Google profile page, click on the "Security" menu, and finally search for the portion dealing with 2-step verification and activate it by linking your phone.

First enable 2-step verification

Verification set

Now, let's create an app password for our Gmail: just go back to the Google security section and click on the corresponding option:
Vamos criar uma senha de app

Choose a custom name for our app

And write down the generated password

Setting up your Gmail account

Now let's set up ours in Gmail: click the gear and "Show all settings" in your Gmail.

Acesse as configurações do seu Gmail

Then click on the "Accounts and Import" tab and in the "Send emails as:" section click on "Add another email address".

Add a new sending email

A new window will open, and you need to enter the email alias you created in Google Domains (or your registrar) there, leaving the "Treat as an alias" option checked. Then use Google's servers as the address for SMTP and enter in the password that password generated in the password for apps we made earlier:

Set the name, fill in the email alias we created in Google Domains and leave the "Treat as an alias" box checked

For SMTP Server use and for credentials, use your Gmail email even with the password generated in the apps password we made

Now just enter the code of the email that Gmail will send you to finish the process

And finally we can answer our emails with our professional address as well 😁


Having a professional e-mail with your own domain is something super important for you to establish your digital presence.

In this content we've covered how you can create your professional email without the need to pay additional hosting (that is, no fixed monthly cost) which, in the long run, can become a significant expense.

And that's it. Good sending of emails, for sure you will have a much greater credibility now!

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