Using Gmail’s SMTP Server To Route Outgoing Mail



As promised, here’s how to set up routing your outgoing mail via the Gmail SMTP servers. As I previously said, this is a useful fault-finding tool or workaround, however it does replace the sending address in the main body of the email as coming from the Gmail account. That said, anybody replying to any emails sent this way will still be replying to your main account. I’ll be using Outlook 2007 as an example.


  1. Go into Tools – Account Settings – [Account Name] – Change
  2. Change Outgoing Mail Server (SMTP) to
  3. Click More Settings
  4. Under Outgoing Server tick the box for “My outgoing server (SMTP) requires authentication.
  5. Select “Log on using” and enter your username and password in the boxes below.
  6. Under Advanced change the Outgoing Server (SMTP) port to 465.
  7. Under “use the following type of encrypted connection” select SSL from the drop-down box.
  8. Click Ok, then Next, then Finish.


And that’s it! So the next time that BT block your email for spamming because somebody’s spoofing your email address and then deny any knowledge of it, you can use this to prove to them that it’s a problem with their SMTP server.



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