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Automatically forward Gmail messages to another account

You can choose to forward all of your new messages to another email address, or only forward certain types of messages.

Set up automatic forwarding 

You can automatically forward your messages to another address. You can choose to forward all new messages, or just certain ones.

Note: You can only set up forwarding on your computer, and not on the Gmail app.

Turn automatic forwarding on or off

Note: When your new messages are forwarded, messages from spam won't be included.

Turn on automatic forwarding

  1. On your computer, open Gmail using the account you want to forward messages from. You can only forward messages for a single Gmail address, and not an email group or alias.
  2. In the top right, click Settings Settings.
  3. Click Settings.
  4. Click the Forwarding and POP/IMAP tab.
  5. In the "Forwarding" section, click Add a forwarding address.
  6. Enter the email address you want to forward messages to.
  7. Click Next and then Proceed and then OK.
  8. A verification message will be sent to that address. Click the verification link in that message.
  9. Go back to the settings page for the Gmail account you want to forward messages from, and refresh your browser.
  10. Select Forward a copy of incoming mail to.
  11. Choose what you want to happen with the Gmail copy of your emails. We recommend Keep Gmail's copy in the Inbox.
  12. At the bottom of the page, click Save Changes.

Turn off automatic forwarding

  1. On your computer, open Gmail using the account you want to stop forwarding messages from.
  2. In the top right, click Settings Settings.
  3. Click Settings.
  4. Click the Forwarding and POP/IMAP tab.
  5. In the "Forwarding" section, click Disable forwarding.
Only forward certain kinds of messages

If you only want to forward certain kinds of messages to another account, create a filter for these messages.

When you're setting up your filter, you can choose what email address to forward these messages to.

If you don't see an email address to forward messages to, follow the steps above to turn on forwarding.

Note: You can only create up to 20 filters that forward to other addresses.

Forward to multiple accounts

You can only automatically forward all your messages to one account.

To forward emails to multiple accounts, use the steps above in "Only forward certain kinds of messages" to create filters to forward messages to different accounts.

I got a forwarding notice

"You are forwarding your mail" notice

If you set up automatic mail forwarding using the steps above, you'll see a notice in your inbox for the first week after you turned on forwarding. This is a reminder that forwarding is turned on, and gives you a chance to review your forwarding settings.

If you turn off forwarding, this notice will go away.

"Your filters are forwarding some of your mail" notice

If you created a filter that forwards certain messages to another email address, you'll see this notice in your inbox for the first week after you set up the filter. This is a reminder that forwarding is turned on, and gives you a chance to review your forwarding settings.

If you change your filter to stop forwarding messages, the notice will go away.

I see a forwarding notice, but I didn't set up forwarding

If you see a forwarding notice, but never set it up on your account, follow these steps:

  1. Change your password immediately. Someone else might have access to your Gmail account.
  2. Follow the steps above to turn off forwarding.

Vivian is a Gmail expert and the author of this help page. Leave her feedback about this help page.

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