G Suite legacy free edition alternative
Google just announced that they will discontinue the legacy free edition and force users to move to Google Workspace on May 1st, 2022. With ImprovMX, it is still possible to use Google services for free with a custom domain. There are some caveats, since you will need to setup individual Google accounts that won’t be tied to your organization, but… it works!
Any questions? We know that stuff can be hard. We offer free support – reach out!
Create free Google accounts
for each of your users
To keep using G Suite for free, you’ll have to create free Google accounts for each of the users that you had under your G Suite free legacy edition account.
Be careful, this means that you won’t be able to transfer all the history you had with your current G Suite account, including any subscriptions you might have subscribed to, calendar invites or Google Play purchases.Create free Google accounts
Create a free ImprovMX account
Use the form on our homepage to create your account. Add the domain name you used on G Suite, and a primary redirection email we’ll use to manage your account. Don’t worry, you can create more aliases later.
Wondering how we can offer that for free? We’re charging for premium features like custom SMTP, Webhooks, or increased forwarding limits. We’re not selling any data, and all emails are instantly deleted after being forwarded – Read more about our email workflowCreate a free ImprovMX account
Connect to your
domain registrar interface
MX records are set at your DNS provider which is usually the same as the domain registrar you’ve used to purchase your domain. We have more detailed documentation on how to set that up for the most popular registrars.
Delete previous G Suite “MX” entries
Delete all the previous “MX” entries you had registered for your DNS Zone in order to use G Suite legacy free edition. They should look like
Add those MX entries
Host Value Priority @ mx1.improvmx.com 10 @ mx2.improvmx.com 20
Add this TXT entry for SPF support
Type Host Value TXT @ v=spf1 include:spf.improvmx.com ~all
Make sure you have 2FA enabled
For this method to work, you need to have two factor authentification enabled for each of the Google accounts you set up. If it’s not, follow the link below and set it up.Enable 2FA for your Google account
Create an App Password
Google will verify your ownership with this app password. Select “Mail” under app, and “Mac” under device. Hit “Generate”. Copy and keep for later!Create an app password
Add your email to Gmail
Go to Gmail -> Settings -> Accounts and Import. Then, select “Add another email address you own” under Aliases.
Fill in your sender’s information
Set your forwarded email (your alias) and your sender’s name. Untick “treat as an alias”.
Fill in your email informations
SMTP is smtp.gmail.com, port is right already.
Username is your gmail address (incl. @gmail.com)
Password is the password you generated on Step 2.
Leave TLS enabled as is
You will receive an email from GMail asking you to confirm ownership with a code. Fill in the code in the popup modal, and you are all set!
Send emails from your alias
Now you can just select your alias in the list when you compose a new message, and you are (almost) able to replicate what you had with G Suite, at least when it came to using a custom domain!
Just the right amount of features.
No less, no more.
Redirect to multiple addresses
Redirect to any number of email address you want, from the same alias. You can also send to “null”, or even to a webhook!
Set-up a “catch-all” email alias, which will redirect anything sent to your domain, so you are sure you don’t miss anything.
An email doesn’t arrive? Something looks wrong? We’ve built up a full comprehensive logging system that helps you troubleshoot what’s going on. See what we log.
Bulk import domains via CSV
Have many emails/domains you would like to create at once? Use our CSV import to generate them all at once.
Programatically interact with ImprovMX. Create domains, set and delete aliases, without ever needing to log-in on the web interface.
“Send mail as” with Gmail
Our solution allows you to send mail using Gmail as an SMTP relay. You can then send emails with your ImprovMX aliases! Follow our guide to set this up.
Priority email delivery
Premium subscriptions help us keep our service free while maintaining a rock-solid infrastructure, and investing in new features. Unlike others, we’re here to stay.
and uptime guarantee.
Can I try this for free?
Sure. Our free plan is pretty generous and should let you try most of our features. Unlike our competitors, we took the pledge to keep the free plan forever. It’s not going anywhere.
How does “priority delivery” work?
Our emails are transferred to a processing queue before they are re-forwarded to you. Purchasing a premium subscription means that any email forwarded to you will go directly on the top of the queue, so that you don’t have any processing delay and can get your emails faster.
What’s the difference between your SMTP and Gmail’s?
Gmail let’s you send emails from their SMTP using an old, undocumented workaround that could go away any day. Our custom SMTP solution is there to stay and offers access to our world-class support where we’ll investigate all your deliverability issues.
What about my privacy?
We’re not selling data. Read our privacy pledge to learn more about our commitment to privacy. Want some clarity about what happens when we’re forwarding your emails? Check our email forwarding workflow
Are you GDPR compliant?
I have a specific question!
We would be happy to answer you, drop us an email at email@example.com