Thanks for your reply @user4358!
if you really want to get rid of the MX records, from the screenshot it looks like you’ve already unlocked them, so you should be able to delete them now
This is what I see in the DNS screen:
i.e. no way to delete them directly on the DNS page… just a suggestion to disable email routing… but also no way to disable email routing on the email routing page!
But this is where your reply gets really interesting:
If you want to continue using Cloudflare for incoming e-mail forwarding, and still use another service for outgoing e-mail
So this should be possible? This is what I want. At the moment I’m sending emails in gmail using SMTP of my existing web/mail host (hostinger)… and in that web/mail host I’ve also set up forwarding of all emails to my gmail account.
The problem I’m having is that gmail/google is blocking or rate-limiting these forwarded emails, so some are never getting to me. This is on the basis that gmail/google considers mailchannels.net (which is apparently what hostinger are using for the email service) to be used for spamming and it’s trying to protect its users from spam. I am certainly not spamming, just using the SMTP for occasional emails… very light usage, so I guess I’m being punished because other users of this web/mail host are using it for spamming.
Anyhow, given this problem, what I’m looking into is still sending in gmail via SMTP of my existing web/mail host (that is working fine), but using Cloudflare to forward emails to gmail… in the hope that these forwarded messages from Cloudflare will not be treated as coming from a spammy source, and therefore will not be rejected or rate limited.
So that should be possible… by:
(1) using Cloudflare MX records (for routing incoming email)
(2) combining SPF of Cloudflare with that of Hostinger (to enable outgoing email using SMTP)
Is that all? Sorry, my knowledge of these things is pretty shaky.