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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. If you have an account through work or school and have trouble, contact your administrator.

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

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

Forward to more than one account

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 had a forwarding notice

'You are forwarding your emails' notice

If you've set up automatic email 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 emails' notice

If you've 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 haven'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.
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