Ok, so I’ve had a custom email domain for my family for over 10 years with the original Google apps, which when Google started charging for as a Google Business Suite, I was grandfathered into a free legacy Google suite program.
It was sweet - free Gmail basically with my own custom domain name for my wife and kids.
Last week Google basically sent an email out to the free legacy Google Suite users saying that from June this year we would have to upgrade to a paid subscription.
I found out that Apple had started a custom email domain for their iCloud+ subscribers based on their iCloud mail system last year, which is great timing. I’m already paying for it. Plus I have Family Sharing set up.
Over the weekend, I managed to export emails from different accounts from Gmail, set up the custom domain in iCloud, and share the custom domain via Family Sharing. Made DNS changes at my domain registrar. Wait a bit.
And it’s done! The time consuming part is uploading the emails from Gmail back onto iCloud - this is still going on as we are talking about hundreds of thousands of emails - but I wanted the old emails accessible via all my devices.
But now I have my emails on the Apple ecosystem at no extra cost, and utilising the full 2 Tb worth of iCloud storage, which is more than enough.
Just thought I would share this experience in case it helps anyone else.