Editions supported: Disabling automatic forwarding is available only with Google Apps for Business and Education. (Compare editions.)
By default, Gmail lets users automatically forward incoming mail to another address. As an administrator, you can disable this option to prevent users from setting up automatic forwarding. When you disable the option, users don't see the forwarding option in their Gmail settings, and any existing forwarding rules or filters no longer forward messages.
To disable automatic forwarding:
- Sign in to the Google Admin console.
- Do one of the following:
- In the Organizations section, highlight your domain or the organizational unit for which you want to configure settings (see Configure email settings for an organizational unit for more details).
- In the Automatic Forwarding section, clear the check box Allow users to automatically forward email to another address.
It can take up to 30 minutes for the change to take effect.