These instructions will work with pretty much any host so you can probably substitute a step or two to make them work for your host also.  Also, if you find this post useful please put a link on your website or tweet my url:  Thanks.

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I’m going to assume a few things before beginning: that you already understand the benefits of piping your emails from bluehost over to Gmail and that you already have your gmail and bluehost email accounts setup. With that out of the way let’s get into the details of how to make this happen.

Let’s handle the Bluehost side first.

  • Go into your cPanel and down down the to mail section. Click on email forwarding
  • Click on Add Forwarder
  • Next screen in the Address section, enter the address that you will be forwarding in the Address to Forward field
  • In the next section Destination, make sure the Forward to email address radio button is selected and enter your gmail address here
  • Click the Add Forwarder button
  • I would send a test email to the address you’re forwarding now and make sure that it makes it.

Now let’s handle the Gmail side
This is going to allow you to send mail from your gmail inbox, through your bluehost mail server. This way it will maintain all of your domain headers.

  • Once logged into gmail go into Settings (top right)
  • Go to Accounts and Import
  • In the Send mail as section click on the Send mail from another address button
  • This will pop up a new window. Enter the name you’d like displayed to others when you send from this address as well as the address of the bluehost email account.
  • Click the Specify a different “reply-to” address and enter your bluehost account email again. Just to be clear, each address should be the same.
  • Click Next Step
  • On this step you decide if you’re going to send through your SMTP (bluehost) account or not. We’re going the SMTP route to maintain a more professional appearance. Select “Send through SMTP servers.
  • If you’re not using bluehost here then you will probably need to go to your account to find this information.
  • For Bluehost enter
  • SMTP Server: (you can get the number by going into your cpanel >> email >> and clicking on the “more” off to the right of  the email account >> picking configure client >> and copying the line next to Outgoing Mail Server: (SSL) etc..  just make it look like what is in italics above with the right box number.
  • Username: enter the full bluehost email address (
  • Password: email password
  • Check always use a secure connection
  • Submit the information
  • The last step will send a verification email to your bluehost email account. Just take the code that comes in that email and enter it into the field on the right and click “Verify”

A few final points. You can choose which account you want to be your default sending account in the Settings >> Accounts and Import section. Just click “make default next to your new address if you’d rather always send from it. At any time you can choose which address to send from though and here’s how.

When you are composing a new message look up at the very top. What’s different is that now you have two accounts you can select who you want the “from” field to be. Choose either.. EASY!

That’s it! I would send a few test messages back and forth just to make sure everything is working easily but there’s nothing more to it. Expect maybe a one minute delay as emails move from gmail, through your smtp and to your recipient.


29 Responses to How to tie your bluehost domain email address to gmail

  1. Thanks for this post! I followed it step by step and am now able to email from gmail using my host email address, which makes things easier, keeps my privacy and is more professional. Thanks for sharing!

  2. brentwalker500 says:

    Hi Caroline, glad it worked out for you.

  3. Dennis says:

    Thanks for the article. Your explanation is much easier to follow than Bluehosts. Thanks again.

  4. brentwalker500 says:

    Hi Dennis, glad it worked out for you.

  5. LaShelle says:

    This has been driving me nuts. Thank you for your simple explanation.

  6. Justin says:

    Exactly what I needed,
    Worked perfectly,
    Stoked about my new email setup.

    Thanks for the awesome guide!!

  7. Danny says:

    WOW! This works 100%.

    At first it wasn’t working, until the setup on Google’s side. Flawless! Thanks!!!

  8. brentwalker500 says:

    Glad it worked for you Danny.

  9. Tony says:

    Thank you very much! This is an easy to follow guide and it definitely helped me out a lot.

  10. brentwalker500 says:

    Glad it helped Tony.

  11. Tony says:

    Great article! Very helpful. Thanks for taking the time to help all of us out.

  12. Shubham says:

    Thanks… I’m really searching for this. :)

  13. John F says:

    Thanks for your article and making a process that seemed complicated so simple.

  14. Meryl says:

    Can I now erase the emails listed in my CPanel address list? Or do I need to keep these in order to continue using my mail?

  15. Andy says:

    Fantastic brother. Thanks for the very detailed and precise instructions. First test email just went through. Never would’ve figured that one out.

  16. Web Walker Solutions says:

    That’s great to hear Andy! Glad it worked for you.

  17. Web Walker Solutions says:

    I would keep the addresses… what’s the harm?

  18. Tausha says:

    Is it possible to tie a YAHOO account with these steps?

  19. Minty says:

    Thanks for the tip! Worked like a charm.

  20. mike says:

    This process does work, but all mail is stored on blue host server accounts and mine fills up after approximately six months. I’m working on setting up the mx record and forwarding to a google apps account, which can then be forwarded to my personal gmail account.

  21. Web Walker Solutions says:

    Glad it worked for you.. seems like you’re just adding steps to do the same thing though and not solving the problem of your bluehost account filling up, which I’ve never had a problem with.. maybe you should have made your mailbox bigger?

  22. protik says:


    Thanks a ton for this write-up…worked like a charm..

    One advise I wanted from you – i didnt see a delete on forwarding option in bluehost…how do i ensure that on forwarding the mail to gmail, the mail in bluehost server is deleted?


  23. Kimberly says:

    Thank you so much for this article! Very easy to follow and now I don’t have to use the mail client that came with my mac.

  24. Web Walker Solutions says:

    Glad it helped Kimberly!

  25. Elizabeth says:

    Thank you, thank you, thank you…I finally have it working now! I’d been soooo frustrated trying to configure using bluehost’s tutorial. Yours is much more straightforward. Thank you for the very clear, easy to follow, step-by-step instructions.

  26. KT says:

    Hey, the only options I see when I log in to Bluehost are Change Password, Auto Responders, Configure Mail Client, Email Filtering and Email Trace along with the options to log into either Horde, Roundcube and Squirrelmail.

    I like to think of myself as tech savvy, but I can’t seem to find the option for this.

    Your help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!

  27. oscar says:

    Hi there! Thanks so much for your step-by-step. The only issue is that my replies aren’t coming through as a thread. Any idea how to fix that?

  28. Lizzie says:

    Thank you so much! Awesome instructions!
    KT – if you log into bluehost hosting and go to the control pannel instead of logging into the webmail you will find all the options mentioned here. Good luck!

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