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How to Forward Your Gmail Email to Another Email Address Automatically

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Do you like Gmail's web interface, archiving and advanced search, but would also like it if you could read new Gmail messages at your old email address in your old email client?

Fortunately, Gmail can automatically forward all the messages arriving in your account (excluding the spam) to any other email address. Using filters, you can even forward only certain messages to certain addresses, but the broad forward-everything approach is very useful, too.

Alternatively, you can set up a Gmail account in your email client and retrieve mail directly.

Forward or Redirect Your Gmail Email to Another Email Address Automatically

To make Gmail forward incoming messages to another email address automatically:

  • Click the Settings gear in your Gmail's top right corner.
  • Select Settings from the menu that comes up.
  • Go to the Forwarding and POP/IMAP tab.
  • Click Add a forwarding address.
  • Enter the address to which you want to forward future Gmail emails under Please enter a new forwarding email address:.
  • Click Next.
  • Now click OK.
  • Open an email from "Gmail Team " with the subject "Gmail Forwarding Confirmation" at the address to which you are forwarding.
  • Highlight and copy the 8-part code under Confirmation code:.
  • Switch back to Gmail in your browser.
  • Paste the 8-part confirmation code under confirmation code.
  • Click Verify.
    • If you have already set up the address in Gmail for forwarding in the past, you can skip the previous steps.
  • Make sure Forward a copy of incoming mail to __ and __ is selected under Forwarding:.
  • Pick the desired email address.
  • Choose how Gmail should handle forwarded messages. Select
    • keep Gmail's copy in the Inbox to have Gmail leave the message in your Gmail Inbox as new and unread.
    • archive Gmail's copy (probably the most useful setting) to make Gmail mark forwarded messages as read and remove them from the Inbox, but keep them in the archive for later search and retrieval.
    • trash Gmail's copy to move message to the Trash after they have been forwarded. Trashed messages will be deleted automatically after 30 days.
  • Click Save Changes.

Using Gmail filters, you can forward only specific messages, or all incoming mail to multiple accounts.

(Updated December 2011)

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