How to Setup Free Email Forwarding In Seconds

I recently migrated all of my DNS over to DNS Made Easy, which has been amazing! The main reason was for performance. But what I lost with this was the free email forwarding of aliases from using NameCheap’s free DNS. So I went out on a hunt for a new service for free email forwarding. I then stumbled across ImprovMX.com. Read my tutorial below on how to setup free email forwarding with ImprovMX.

Free Email Forwarding With ImprovMX

I use Office 365 email for a lot of my bigger sites. Google Apps is also a good solution. I recommend ImprovMX only for your smaller projects. Since it is 100% free, there is no support or anything. However, I have had it running for quite a while now and it does work great!

Step 1

The first thing you need to do is add the MX records for ImprovMX to get things working for your free email forwarding. In my example I am using the control panel with DNS Made Easy, however it is pretty much the same with GoDaddy, NameCheap, etc. You need to add the following records.

Host Value Priority
@ mx1.improvmx.com 10
@ mx2.improvmx.com 20

Here is an example of what mine looks like after adding them.

mx records email forwarding

It might take a few minutes for your DNS records to take affect. You can check them by entering in your domain with Global DNS tool and making sure the correct records return.

check mx records

Step 2

Next, go to improvmx.com. Input the domain in which you are setting up forwarding on and then the email address in which you want to receive the forwarded emails. Note: The reason I say to only use this for small projects is that it is a wildcard redirect, meaning anything emailed to *@domain.com will be forwarded to your email. Then click on “Verify and Start Forwarding.”

enable email forwarding

And that’s it! Your free email forwarding is now setup and should be working. If you know of another good email forwarding solutions out there, I would love to hear about it below.

If you are looking for a good cheap paid solution, I also use Pobox.

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