How to set up automatic forwarding in Gmail for all or specific emails

Automatic e-mail forwarding is very useful if you switch to a different mailbox but still want to receive all incoming mail sent to your old e-mail address. Few people know, but Gmail also has this feature. So, if you’ve switched to a new Gmail account or any other email client, here’s how to automatically forward emails in Gmail.

While you can automatically forward all emails, you can also choose to automatically forward specific emails if that is your requirement. Gmail has a setting that allows you to forward certain emails based on criteria you specify. We’ll also show you how to do it.

But first, let’s add a new forwarding address that Gmail will automatically forward your mail to.

A note: This is only available in the web version of Gmail. You can’t do this in the Android and iPhone apps.

How to add a forwarding address to your Gmail account

Whether you want to forward all e-mails or just specific e-mails, you must first specify the mailbox address to which you want to forward e-mails. Here’s how to do it.

Step 1: First, click on the Settings icon and select View All Settings.

step 2: Select Forwarding and POP/IMAP.

step 3: Click Add Forwarding Address.

Step 4: Enter the destination email address and click Next.

step 5: Now click Continue.

You will now receive a verification email to the address you added for forwarding. Click on the link in the email, which will open a confirmation window.

Step 6: Finally, you need to click “Confirm” to add your email address.

Here’s how you can add an email address to automatically forward emails in Gmail. Next, we’ll take a look at how to automatically forward all incoming emails to Gmail.

How to automatically forward emails from Gmail to another account

While we know about manually forwarding individual or multiple emails to Gmail, Gmail also offers a feature to automatically forward all new and incoming emails to another email account. Here’s how you can enable it.

However, you should keep in mind that only new and incoming e-mails will be forwarded to the selected address after this feature is set up. Emails received in the past will not be forwarded.

Step 1: Click the Settings icon and select View All Settings.

step 2: Select Forwarding and POP/IMAP.

step 3: Check the “Forward a copy of incoming email to” box and select the email from the drop-down menu.

step 2: In the second drop-down menu, you can choose how you want forwarded emails to appear in your current mailbox that you’re forwarding emails from.

After selecting the desired action, you will be able to forward all incoming mail to the new email address you specified. However, if you want to automatically forward only certain emails, here’s how you can do it.

How to set up automatic forwarding in Gmail for specific emails

Suppose you receive emails from both work and family in the same inbox. This can make it difficult for you to sort through your emails, and you’ll want to create a new email address just for family and friends. However, sharing your new email with everyone is also difficult.

So you can use a filter to automatically forward certain emails – say only emails sent by your friends and family – to your new email address. Here’s how you can create a filter to automatically forward certain emails in Gmail.

A note: You can only forward emails to one account. Gmail does not allow you to forward the same mail to multiple email addresses. So you can create multiple filters for different keywords to send emails to different addresses.

Step 1: Click the Settings icon and select View All Settings.

Step 2: Open the “Filters and blocked addresses” tab.

step 3: Click on “Create new filter”.

You will now get a list of filter criteria and options.

Step 4: Fill in the fields to create a filter. Here’s what you need to know about the filter.

  • Address: Emails sent to a specific address entered in the filter.
  • Address: Letters sent to a specific address entered in the filter.
  • Subject: Emails with a subject that matches the entry in the filter.
  • My words: Emails with words that match the entry made in the filter.
  • Does not have: Emails that do not contain words that match the filter entry.

Based on the details you enter, emails that match the criteria will be forwarded.

step 5: Once you have filled in the details, click on Create Filter.

Step 6: Now select the “Forward” checkbox and select the address from the drop-down box next to it to which you want to forward the email.

Step 7: After selecting an email address, click Create Filter.

After you create a filter, you’ll receive a notification in the form of a banner at the top of your inbox, giving you the opportunity to revisit and check your forwarding settings.

Step 8: If you want to change the settings and criteria in the filter, you can visit the Filters and Blocked Addresses tab and click the edit button next to the filter you created.

Here’s how you can forward specific emails in Gmail. However, if you want to disable the automatic redirection service, go to the next section.

How to turn off automatic email forwarding in Gmail

If you want to stop automatic email forwarding from your account, here’s what you need to do.

Disable automatic forwarding for all incoming emails

Step 1: Click the Settings icon and select View All Settings.

step 2: Open the “Forwarding and POP/IMAP” tab and check “Disable forwarding”.

However, if you want to delete an email address that you have added, you can click on the drop-down menu of the email address and select the delete option.

This will also automatically stop the forwarding service enabled by the filter associated with this email.

If you want to remove and disable the automatic forwarding service for certain emails, read the next section.

Disable automatic forwarding for specific emails in Gmail

Step 1: First, click on the Settings icon and select View All Settings.

step 2: Open the “Filters and blocked addresses” tab.

step 3: You will find a list of all created filters.

Step 4: Finally, you need to click on the delete button next to the filter to remove it. It will stop automatic forwarding of certain emails.

So you can automatically forward emails to Gmail. However, if you have further questions, you can take a look at the frequently asked questions section below.

Frequently asked questions about automatic email forwarding in Gmail

1. How do I make emails automatically go to a folder in Gmail?

You can use a filter to create a rule. We have explained the creation of the filter in this article, so you can refer to the same procedure. You can use the Apply Label filter.

2. What is the difference between forwarding and email forwarding?

The forwarding email will appear as forwarded (sent) by you, and the forwarding emails will appear as sent by the original sender.

3. Can you automatically forward emails?

At this time, Gmail does not have a feature that allows you to automatically forward emails.

Automatically forward emails to Gmail with ease

That’s all you need to know about automatic email forwarding in Gmail. We hope this article has helped you discover the new Gmail feature and boosted your productivity. In a day and age where we get emails from every service we subscribe to, tools like this are always appreciated and will definitely help you keep your inbox clean.