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Author Topic: Sigh... Gmail... gmail add another email address you own without smtp  (Read 2511 times)

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OK, I now get the response that this is the new intended behaviour.

Gmail are now NOT offering you the ability to use the Gmail outgoing server if your Send Mail As account is with another provider at another domain.

All service providers are tightening up their spam controls - Yahoo and AOL in particular are rejecting mail as Spam or delivering it to Spam if their requirements aren't met. See this article for how that works: AOL Mail updates DMARC policy to 'reject' - AOL Postmaster Blog

So to avoid further cases of Gmail users' "Send Mail As" messages being rejected or sent to Spam, you now need to use the outgoing server offered by your other service provider when setting up Send Mail As.  e.g. if your Send Mail As address is a Yahoo account, you will use the Yahoo SMTP server to send mail, and not the Gmail server. Gmail will pre-populate the information with a "best guess" - it's up to you to confirm the server name, port number and security setting required by your other provider.

This also solves the dreaded Outlook and "on behalf of" situation.

Existing Send Mail As accounts you have already set up to use the Gmail outgoing servers will still be able to continue - but if you find that your mail from this source is increasingly being rejected or sent to Spam then you will need to change your settings and stop using the Gmail server. 

If you are setting up another Gmail account, then the account will automatically be set up with the Gmail SMTP server without offering you any options. If you are trying to set up a Google Apps account, you still don't get offered the Gmail SMTP server, but I found with testing that you can enter it manually - replace the domain server name with, type your full GApps username in the box, enter your password for the GApps account. The Port and TLS settings can be left as is.  When I tried it, Gmail thought about it for a bit, then came back and said they had located my account and that a verification email would be sent - which it was.
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