How to setup a free custom domain email on Yandex (a great alternative for Outlook and Gmail)

Google has put an end to thier free custom domain email service since a long time ago, and finally Microsoft will also do the same thing. I’m still using Outlook service for my personal custom email, but I think I must migrate to another service that is still free of charge.

There are many email services other than Gmail and Outlook with the same quality, one of them is Yandex.Mail.

Yandex is a Russian based company, many people call it as “the Google of Russia” because it is also a search engine founded in 1997, and it has the same services like maps, mail, translation, cloud storage, and many more. Free email with @yandex.com available in English, but if you want to setup an email with a custom domain, it’s available only in Russian. 😀

Yandex offers 1000 email accounts with your own domain for free.

Basically, the custom domain email settings are same on all services, but let me help you to setup your custom email on Yandex.Mail step by step.

Let’s get started!

1. Create a Yandex account

You can register an email account on http://mail.yandex.com/. It is in English, so it must be easy.

2. Sign in to Yandex domain admin

Go to https://pdd.yandex.ru/domains_add/ and sign in with your Yandex account. Tips: just write your username and password, then hit Enter!

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3. Register your domain

Yandex Setup Page in English

UPDATE: Yandex has a setup page in English! Thanks to ahmedwinlin for this tip! 

Just go to https://domain.yandex.com/domains_add/ and setup your domain in minutes. 🙂 Enjoy!

Insert your domain and hit “Подключить домен” button. It means “connect domain”.

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4. Verify domain ownership

You don’t need to change the DNS server, I think the fastest way is by adding a CNAME record to your domain. There are two important values in the red boxes.

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Go to the domain admin on your registrar and add the CNAME record, I’m using Namecheap for the example.

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5. Setup MX record

Create a MX record from your domain admin with the following values:
Host Name: @

Server: mx.yandex.ru. (ends with dot (.))

Mail type: MX

Priority : 10

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6 . Create an account on your custom email

Yup, one more step and the setup process will be finished. Now you can create an email account with your own domain, you can create up to 1000 account! o/

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If you don’t get any problem, just go to https://mail.yandex.com/for/yourdomain.com

Change the language with two clicks!

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Use the following IMAP and SMTP config for custom email client:

IMAP

Server: imap.yandex.com
Port: 993 with SSL enebled

SMTP

Server: smtp.yandex.com
Port: 465 with SSL enabled

Want to test your new email? Send an email to root@tfq.me

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6 pemikiran pada “How to setup a free custom domain email on Yandex (a great alternative for Outlook and Gmail)

  1. I am transferring my custom domain to yandex mail. Although did not hear much bad about yandex but curious if its really a reliable email service? I primarily use it for business… is it worth giving this a go ?

  2. Hi there, i want to migrate from google apps to yandex custom domain mail using the same domain mail name (blablabla@companyname.com), do i need to delete my account in google apps or not? It would be great if you could provide the tutorial. Thank you very much

    1. I think you dont need to delete your google apps account, because after your NS records are changed to yandex all email will redirected to yandex. But some important emails on your google apps need to be saved.

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