How to Connect Bluehost Email to Gmail?

Juhil Mendpara

Content Manager

You know what’s frustrating about those free business emails that come with some hosting plans? You will have to click like ten times before you can read your mails. First, you’ll need to open the hosting account, then your cPanel, and then, you reach your emails. 

See, we have no issues with a hosting business offering free email accounts. In fact, that’s one of the reasons why providers like Bluehost are our favorite. However, something as simple as opening/managing an email account should be easy ⁠— you know, like it is with Gmail accounts.

Well, it can be! 

If you want to connect your Bluehost Email with your Gmail so that you can interact with your business emails as you do with your regular ones, this is the guide for you. Just follow these steps:


1. Create a Gmail account

Now, this is not a mandatory step ⁠— you can use an already existing Gmail account. 

However, you need to be aware that whatever email you send will be sent as if you are sending it from your business account. E.g., If your Gmail account is and your business email is ⁠— and both are connected (on which this guide is) ⁠—  when you send from the XYZ account, the receiver will see that they received from the one. Similarly, when someone sends an email to your business mail, you will receive it on XYZ.

Therefore, it’s better to create a new email for the job.

2. Navigate to “Email Configuration” on Bluehost

Navigate to Email Configuration on Bluehost

Firstly, log in to your Bluehost account. Go to hosting > Email. In there, among many options, you will see “email configuration”. Click on it.

Then, select the email account you want to manage through Gmail.

3. On Gmail, open the Settings page

Open the Gmail account you created. 

On the top-right corner, there’s a “Settings” icon. Click on it. Then, click on “See all settings”.

4. Navigate to “Accounts and Import”

Navigate to Accounts and Import

There, by default, you will be on “General” tab. Alongside “General”, on the top navigation bar, there’s “Accounts and Import”.Open that.

5. “Check mail from other accounts”

Check mail from other accounts

In there, there’s a “Check mail from other accounts” option. Click on “Add a mail option” associated with it.

6. Enter the email address you would like to add

Enter the email address you would like to add

A new window will popup on clicking “Add a mail option”. Now, you will see an Email address text box. Enter your Bluehost email address, and click “Next”.

7. Select “Import emails from my other account (POP3)” 

Select Import emails from my other account (POP3)

On clicking next, you will see two options. One is to link with Gmailify, and the other is to import emails from your other account. Select the latter and click “Next”.

8. Add details

Add details

Now, you’ll need to insert your username and password to set up the account. Enter your Bluehost email as the username and the password you used for the email (on Bluehost) in the password box.

9. Enter the POP Server

This detail will depend on whether or not you have an SSL certificate installed on your site (to which the email is attached).

In the POP Server box, you’ll enter the “Incoming Mail Server” text/URL from the “Email settings” of your Bluehost account.

  • Without SSL: If your site starts with HTTP, do not check the “Always use a secure connection (SSL) when retrieving mail” box. The POP Server here will be mail.yourdomainname

  • With SSL:  Of course, you’ll check the secure connection box. Plus, change the port number from default 110 to 995.

10. Click “Add account”

Click Add account

Now that you have added the POP details, you can proceed further. However, there are a few more options you might want to check. Especially the first three:

  1. “Leave a copy of retrieved message on the server”. This is kind of a backup.

  2. “Always use a secure connection (SSL) when retrieving mail”. As we discussed, if you have an SSL certificate installed, check this box.

  3. “Label incoming message”. This, of course, is to label your messages to know if you received it in your business id. You don’t need to check this option if you’ve created a new Gmail account for the process.


11. Select “Yes, I want to be able to send mail as”

Select Yes after adding your account

This will enable you to send emails from your Bluehost email on the Gmail app. So, select “Yes”, and click “Next”.

12. Enter Name

Enter Name for outgoing emails

Enter the name you want to appear as when the receiver gets the email. Depending on the purpose of the email, it can be your name, “Support”, “Sales”, etc.

13. Setup SMTP server

Setup SMTP server

Like for incoming mails, we set up the POP server; for outgoing, you’ll need to set up an SMTP server.

In the SMTP Server box, you will enter the “Outgoing Mail Server” information from your Bluehost account ⁠— it’s exactly below the “Incoming Mail Server” we discussed in step-9. 

Moreover, choose “Secured connection using SSL” if you have a certificate. Keep the port as it is, i.e., 465, in that case. However, for non-SSL, choose Port: 25.

For username and password, you’ll do the same as you did in the incoming portion. Your email address is your username, and the password is the password.

14. That’s it

Now, click “Add account”. You’ll receive a confirmation email in your Bluehost email inbox. Click on that, and that will be the last time you interact with your emails there.

Final words

If you don’t have the budget to spend on Gsuite emails or Office 365 or Zoho, it’s entirely possible to have a similar experience with the free email accounts you receive with your hosting. We mentioned Bluehost because it’s among our favorite. The same can be done with any other provider as well.

Merely follow the 14-step process, and you will be able to connect your Bluehost Email to Gmail. It won’t take more than five minutes of your time and give you an unparalleled experience.

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