How to connect Gmail to Woodpecker

This guide will take you through the process of connecting your Google account to Woodpecker.

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Connecting your mailbox
Troubleshooting
FAQ

1. Click ‘Connect your email’

Once your campaign is created, open it (click ‘Campaigns’ in the black bar at the top, then click your campaign), and click ‘Connect your email’, right below the campaign's name.

Alternatively: you can go to ‘Settings’ (expand the menu in the upper right and click ‘Settings’), then click the green button ‘Add Email Account’.

2. Choose Google as your email provider

Woodpecker has native, one-click integration with Google’s Gmail.

Note that when you select Gmail you will be informed about the sending limits for this provider. The default limit in Woodpecker will be set according to your choice. You can change it later in ‘Settings’.

3. Choose ‘Automatic connection’

Choose ‘Automatic connection’ and the App will auto-detect settings and quickly configure the email for you.

Troubleshooting

Woodpecker may connect your email address conditionally. Check what that means here.
In case of any other issues, have a look at our article I can't connect my mailbox.

4. Set your ‘From name’ and ‘Signature’

You can fill in your ‘From name’. It’s your sender’s name that will be visible to your recipients. You can also set up a signature that will be attached to the emails you send.

You can skip this step for now and edit your ‘From name’ and ‘Signature’ later by clicking ‘set it later in Settings’.

5. Click 'Allow'

Once you click ‘Add email’, you will be asked to allow Woodpecker to access your Google Account and read, send, delete as well as manage your email.

6. Your account has been connected

Now you are able to select your Gmail address as a sender in your campaign.

7. Finalize the setup

  • Click “OK” to continue creating your first campaign. 
  • Go to “deliverability report” to check information about the correctness of SPF and DKIM when connecting the mailbox.
Deliverability

Deliverability is the number of emails that have reached the recipients' inboxes compared to the number of sent messages overall. The goal is to have as many of your emails land in your prospects' inboxes rather than going to spam folders. To ensure high deliverability rates, make sure you set up SPF and DKIM correctly. Click here to learn more about the importance of deliverability. 

Warm-up

Also, don't forget about the domain and email address warm-up.

FAQ

Q: Why do I need to set up SPF and DKIM?

To avoid spam issues. How? SPF records tell mailboxes which hosts are allowed to send mail from a given domain. You can add SPF records in your DNS settings to easily prove your authenticity and help your email deliverability. 

Q: How can I set up SPF and DKIM?

Check Google instructions on how to set up SPF here and DKIM here.

Q: What SPF should I add?

If you're using Google Apps (G Suite) to send your messages, you should include the following record:

v=spf1 include:_spf.google.com ~all

Alternatively: if you connected your Gmail through the 'Settings' menu, you can now select it in your campaign. Simply go to ‘Campaigns’ list, open the campaign and select the newly connected Gmail address in ‘Send from’.

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