How to create more than 30 email aliases in G Suite

How to create more than 30 email aliases in G Suite

If you’re a G Suite admin, you probably know that G Suite allows you to create only up to 30 email aliases for each user. But, what about when you need more than 30 email aliases?

In this post, I show you how to create more than 30 email aliases in G Suite. This can be 2,000 or even 50,000 email aliases for any user in G Suite.

For starters, email aliases work in such a way that if your primary email is yourname@yourdomain.com, you can create an email alias with sales@yourdomain.com.

When an email is sent to your email alias, you receive it in your primary email. You can also send emails from these alias ids right from your primary mailbox.

So as a G Suite admin you can create these email aliases for your users. This can also be a smart way to create additional emails for free without paying extra in G Suite.

Video Guide

Watch a step-by-step video guide above, or you can continue reading for further instructions.

1. Go to G Suite admin console

So first login into your G Suite admin console by clicking on ‘Admin’ icon (see screenshot above).

2. Go to 'Apply one-to-one mappings

From admin console, type ‘recipient‘ in the search bar. Then, click on ‘Apply one-to-one mapping‘ from the list of search items that show up.

We shall be using recipient address mapping. So what this does is;  you have alias which you can map to a given user as you’ll be seeing in our next steps.

3. Click 'Configure'

From the next page, click on ‘setup from the ‘Recipient address map‘ section. 

4. Setup Recipient address map

Next, with this form we are going to setup recipient address map. In the first filed, you get to add a description which will appear within the setting’s summary. In my case I will type ‘aliases’, but you can type something more descriptive.

Then under ‘Message to affect’ section, you can choose which emails to apply settings to. ‘All incoming messages’ which means both internal and external emails coming to your domain or ‘Only external incoming messages’ .

5. Prepare email aliases

create upto 2000 email aliases in a spreadsheet

The next part of the form is where we do address mapping. Every mapping must have two addresses. An alias on the left and a map-to address on the right separated by a comma.

For instance, ‘100 at goldyarora.com,goldy at goldyarora.com‘  where the first address is the email alias followed by a primary email address I’m mapping an alias to separated by a comma (,) and must be on a single line.

6. Copy address mapping

copy email aliases from spreadsheet

Now that you’ve prepared your mappings, it’s time to copy paste them into G Suite.

The maximum number of mappings you can submit to Recipient Address Mapping is 2,000. So if you for instance need to add 4,000 aliases for a user, just go ahead and create two separate tables of 2,000 address mappings each.

7. Add address mapping

paste mappings to gsuite console

Next, paste address mapping from previous step into G Suite then click “ADD”.

8. Save settings

click on add settings to complete email mapping in gsuite

After ‘ADD’ing mappings, next you can check ‘Add X-Gen-Original To header’ in case you want the recipient to be able to check which email address the message was sent to.

Next, click on ‘ADD SETTING’ link to save your aliases.

Testing created aliases

test email to a random email alias

Just to make sure things are working as expected. In my case, I randomly choose to send an email to email alias 405 at goldyarora.com from my personal email address just to test out.

email delivered with email alias in headers

As you can see, email was well delivered to my primary email address ‘goldy at goldyarora.com‘ and I’m able to check headers to see which email address the sender sent the email to.

Gmail Send-As Setup

add send as email address in Gmail Settings

You can go ahead and setup Gmail Send-As by going to Gmail Settings, then Account, then Add another email address  to be able to compose and reply to emails using your newly created email aliases. Here’s a detailed guide on how to correctly setup Gmail Send-As feature, be sure to check it out

In conclusion

So there you have it. You are not restricted to a maximum of 30 aliases in G Suite. As you’ve seen, you can very well create thousands of aliases for your G Suite users  following steps described in this guide.

If you have any questions or comments, feel free to give me your thoughts in the comment section below and I’ll be glad to respond to you.
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7 thoughts on “How to create more than 30 email aliases in G Suite”

  1. Pingback: G Suite OAuth Token Audit - Goldy Arora

  2. Hi Goldy, this is a brilliant trick really well explained, however it does not work for me! I have followed the instructions to the letter, but all I get is an ‘address not found’ error when I test it.

    1. Derek – Though it should work as shown, as its a out of the box feature provided by G Suite.

      Though we need to look into whats wrong in your configuration, however based on what you mentioned, I would suggest you to check following-:

      1. Take the domain of your alias email ids (e.g goldyarora.com)

      2. Go to https://toolbox.googleapps.com/apps/checkmx/ and enter your domain, ideally your domain’s mail exchanger (MX) records should be pointing to G Suite (e.g ASPMX.L.GOOGLE.COM etc.), and if they are not then Google will not accept emails sent to your alias ids.

      3. In case you find your Alias ids domain MX records are not pointing to Google, then watch this video for step by step instructions on how to do it.
      https://www.goldyarora.com/setup/mx-records/

      Hope it helps.

      1. Hey Goldy, thanks for your reply. After reading your ‘catch-all’ tip, I discovered that because my domain was in google domains, a routing rule had been put in place automatically which allows 100 aliases in the primary domain. so thanks to your other article I disabled the rule and managed to get the additional aliases in my secondary domain. Thanks again. Love your articles…

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