How to access Bluehost email through your Gmail

This article explains how to access the email provided by Bluehost alongside your normal Gmail account or using another email client (eg Thunderbird).

If you buy hosting for your blog or website from Bluehost, then you get an email account as part of the package. This is a way to get a professional looking email address like [email protected] instead of a hobbyist/throwaway looking one like [email protected]

Email accounts are created using the Email Manager tool:

  • Log in to www.bluehost.com with your Bluehost account (which mail is integrated into Gmail)
  • Click on the Hosting tab
  • Scroll down to the Email section and choose Email Manager.

In addition to creating accounts, you can set shipping rules, change passwords, etc.

You can also access the webmail screen without being connected to your Bluehost account, this is useful if you have a team member who needs an email account, but you don’t want to have full control of your domain. So do this, that is read and send email messages from an email account that is hosted on Bluehost:

  • Go to www.bluehost.com (log out if you are already logged in)
  • Click Login,
  • Choose login webmail.
  • Enter in email name and password,

You can manage email messages for your domain account from this screen.

However, this is quite inconvenient: the e-mail account from your own domain is accessed through a different tool than your other e-mail account, and it would be easy to forget to check it.

A better approach is to integrate your domain email account with your regular Gmail account, or to check through Thunderbird or another email client.

How to check your Bluehost provided email domain through your gmail account

First, get the email account details

  • Log in to www.bluehost.com with your Bluehost account (ie NOT your email account)
  • Click on the Hosting tab
  • Scroll down to the Email section and select it Email manager.
  • In the Email accounts tab, note the email address, and if necessary, use the View details button to reset the email password (you will need to know this password later in the process)
  • Click on Email configuration: The screen that opens shows you the other details that you will need to give gmail. Ideally, leave this tab open while setting up gmail, so you can copy and paste from it.

Now go to Gmail

  • Click on the gearwheel and choose Settings
  • Choose the Accounts and Import subtab
  • Scroll down to Check email from other accounts section, and choose Add an email account
  • Enter the email address you want to add
  • Choose POP3 / Import email from my other account
  • Use the details from the Private (with SSL) section of the Bluehost screen to fill in the account details: the username must be the same as the email address you add. Notice that the first screen is of incoming e-mail, so you need to use internal settings (for example, port 995 for SSL)
  • In the next screen, choose Yes, I want to be able to send mail like
  • Enter in Given name that you want to see the people who receive email from this account.
  • Check it out Treated as an Alias (Most of you will want to uncheck this if you want email from your Bluehost-provided email account to be separate from your personal Gmail account – read more about the options here)
  • Enter the outgoing mail options with the details you have from Bluehost: you need to use SSLnot TSL as recommended, and again the username is the email address.

Job done. If all settings are correct, you should not be able to see messages sent to your professional domain / Blue-host account provided in your Gmail account, and you should be able to use the Send-as function in Gmail to send messages that 100. % seem to come from your provided Blue-host domain account.

Also, there should be enough information here for you to see how you can configure other email clients (I use Thunderbird) with your Bluehost-hosted email account.

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