Are you still managing your emails using email clients like Microsoft Office Outlook, Thunderbird, or Eudora? Why not switch to GMail and let it handle your emails instead? If you are ready to give GMail a go, below are the steps required to setup GMail to manage your POP3 accounts.
Firstly, sign in to your GMail account. If you don’t have an account yet, you will need to sign up first. Click on the “Settings” link as shown in the screenshot below labelled “A”. Click on the “Accounts” tab labelled “B”. Then, click on the “Add another mail account” link labelled “C”.
Insert your email address into the textfield provided and click on the “Next Step” button. Do note that you can only manage up to 5 POP3 accounts using a single GMail account.
On the next screen, you will need to modify the settings for your email account. Input the username and password for your email account. It is important to check the “Label incoming messages:” checkbox. This step ensures that each emails from different accounts are labelled accordingly. Click the “Add Account” button to proceed.
Your GMail account is now setup to receive emails from the email address you inserted earlier. If you would like to send emails using the same email account, you will need to select the option “Yes, I want to be able to send mail as …” as in the screen below.
Insert the name that you want to display whenever you send an email using this account and click on the “Next Step” button.
Before you can start sending emails using this account, GMail requires you to verify that the email address provided does belong to you. You can do so by clicking on the “Send Verification” button. Google will send you a verification email that contains a verification code and a verification link.
You can either click on the verification link, or copy the verification code and insert it into the textfield below. Click the “Verify” button to verify your account.
After completing these steps, your GMail account is configured to send and receive emails from the account you provided earlier. If you want to allow GMail to manage multiple accounts, just repeat the steps again. Keep in mind that the maximum accounts you can add is 5. If you need to add more than that, just create a new GMail account 🙂
I’ll do a review on the pros and cons of using GMail as a POP3 mail client shortly. Stay tuned.