Ahmed Shareef

Setup IMAP email on the Gmail app – easy as 1 2 3

This post will help you set up your IMAP email or custom email address on the Gmail app. First, we will look into the introduction and tell you why I prefer the Gmail app over the iPhone Mail app. This will help you understand some benefits of it. Then I will work you through how you can add your email to the Gmail app.

You can use the “Table of Contents” right below 👇 to jump to the part you want to read or watch.


IMAP stands for Internet Message Access Protocol, a protocol used to access email messages on a mail server.

When searching for information about setting up their “custom email” on a mobile device or email client, they may use the term “IMAP email”. Theoretically, these emails are called private email, domain email, personalized email, custom email address, branded email, etc, I hope you get the idea.

So, while “IMAP email” may be a more technical term, it is often used because it is the most relevant term for people who are looking to set up email on a device or client, whereas “private email”, “custom email”, and phrases like that are more general terms that may be used in other contexts.

However, both are acceptable and understandable in the tech world.

Why I prefer Gmail app

The iPhone Mail app – if we talk about iPhone – is already integrated with your iPhone and requires no additional download. It also offers a simpler, more streamlined interface. The Mail app is also better suited for users who primarily use non-Google email services, such as Yahoo or Outlook.

However, I prefer Google’s mail app for its user interface, speed, and organization.


The user interface of the app has a more modern and visually appealing user interface than the iPhone Mail app. It also has more customization options and allows you to choose different themes and inbox layouts.

The app is powered by Google’s powerful search engine to help you find specific emails or information within your inbox. Not that the iPhone Mail app search isn’t fast as well, but it may not give you the robust feeling as Google does.


The app has features like labels and categories to help you organize your emails, whereas the iPhone Mail app uses folders. I prefer to organize my emails with labels rather than putting them into separate folders.

How to add a custom domain email to the Gmail app

To add a custom email account to the Gmail app, follow these steps:

  1. Open Gmail App and tap Profile Picture.
  2. Tap “Add another account”
  3. Tap “Other (IMAP)”
  4. Type your email address.
  5. Tap “Next” in the top-right corner.
  6. Type the password for your email address.
  7. Type “IMAP Server”
  8. Tap “Next” in the top-right corner.
  9. Type the password for your email address.
  10. Type “SMTP Server”
  11. Tap “Next” in the top-right corner.
  12. Give a name for your email. Note that this name will appear on sent messages.
  13. Tap “Next” in the top-right corner.

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How to add a custom domain email to the Gmail app

That’s it! Your custom email account should now be set up in the Gmail app.

Other tips

Now probably you have hosted your custom domain email on your domain server, which might be something like Bluehost, etc. If you would like to host your email on iCloud instead of your server, you can read this. You can also purchase email hosting from Google as well as Microsoft. I suggest you just stay with your domain host until you get enough revenue to pay for all these services.

Since you are learning about Gmail, you might also be interested in Gmail Confidential Mode. The confidential mode protects messages and attachments from unauthorized access. It prevents receivers from mistakenly forwarding your email. It lets you set a message expiration date or revoke access.

Thank you for reading 🙂