Setup with Fastmail was easy as can be. I decided to create a @fastmail account and then add my custom domain. Note: Fastmail charges per user rather than per account so in the end I had to add the @fastmail and another domain as aliases to my primary custom domain. This is working flawlessly. I added the alias in Spark so I can receive email in one inbox and send as the alias.
Ok, so the feature that finally convinced me was Masked Email from Fastmail and 1Password. The integration with 1Password is so well done and shows the power of the JMAP protocol. And this is the best part:
I’ve really enjoyed Apple’s implementation of Sign In with Apple and their similar feature Hide My Email, but not all websites offer this. I’m sure this will change with time … but for now I’m enjoying that I can use Fastmail’s Masked Email everywhere and it’s all saved in 1Password.
Finally, here’s a cool article on how to recreate some of Hey’s features in Fastmail. When I tried Hey last year, I really liked their Paper Trail, The Feed, and Reply Later workflow. Here’s how to do that with Fastmail (or any provider that offers robust filters):
So far so good. Glad I made the switch but I’m still curious to read more reviews of iCloud+ and custom domains. The good thing about switching from personal Gmail now is that I’m free to go anywhere with my custom domain setup.
I’m planning a write-up, but here’s the quick sketch:
Fastmail is the only provider I found that can use contact groups in server-side filters.
This has let me design my own HEY-like system for filtering. I use Airmail custom actions to send unscreened senders into one of several groups via Shortcuts, then have Fastmail filters/rules set up to filter new messages by those groups. I’ve only been playing with this for a few weeks now, but it is robust and effective.
I have cancelled my Google Workspaces (née G Suite) account and started paying for Fastmail.
I read another article about using contact groups to setup a Hey workflow, and I didn’t understand contact groups versus creating basic filters/rules… what is the difference? Definitely interested in your write-up!
Briefly: consider the Paper Trail rule proposed in the article above. There’s often messages that don’t quite fit the terms they’ve suggested that would be “paper trail” messages. Conversely, there’s messages that might contain the term “invoice” or whatever that are should actually be screened.
So, I’ve got an Info group. I add contacts into that group, and their status in the group filters the messages.
The nice thing about Fastmail, of course, is that you can do both of these approaches depending on what you’re trying to achieve.
Importing into Fastmail puts those messages/conversations into your Fastmail account. I also used Google’s export options to extract my entire inbox for backup purposes.
If you use Fastmail’s import tools, you can use both services for a little while. I was also nervous about making the jump, but using both at the same time and figuring these things out slowly was a big comfort.
A few things to think about when going to Fastmail. If you ever have to use Windows, you can’t sync contacts and calendars. Windows only supports CalDav/CardDav for Google/iCloud Accounts. Also when you using calendar apps (anything outside of Fastmail) you can’t attach anything to the events.
I switched over to Fastmail as soon as I learned its integration with 1password . Generally I am impressed with Fastmail. I think the search performance is one of the best except Gmail. Like @rob , I imported my Gmail , caused my 30G to run down to zero so that I had to delete the duplicate emails (due to multiple labels) manually, now back to 20G space left.
However, Fastmail is down at the moment, not only I do not have access to my mail , I cannot create masked email too