Forward Email

Switching to a new Gmail account? Want to check your other email accounts through Gmail? Let’s face it, no one has time to log into 10 different email accounts. Gmail makes it easy to consolidate your emails from multiple addresses to a single inbox. Through Gmail, you can import old emails, forward new ones to your account or do both.

Gmail gives you a few options when it comes to importing and forwarding emails.

Temporary Forwarding

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If you’re switching to a new Gmail address and only want to forward emails temporarily, you can use the “Accounts and Import” feature. This will automatically forward emails sent to your previous address for 30 days. Here’s how to set it up:

  1. Click on the gear on the top right.
  2. Click “Settings”.
  3. Click the Accounts and Import
  4. Click the “Import mail and contacts” link.
  5. Enter your old account information and choose what you want to import.
  6. Click “Start Import”.
  7. Check the “Import mail and contacts” tab again to make sure that your import has started.

If your import hasn’t started, you may see a message that your old account requires confirmation. Click “Proceed” to confirm your account and start importing.

Once everything is set up, emails from your old address will be forwarded to Gmail for the next 30 days. This will give you enough time to let everyone know what your new email address is. After the 30 days is up, Gmail will stop forwarding new emails.

If you’re looking to forward emails indefinitely, you’ll need to try the next option.

Permanent Auto-Forwarding

If you have multiple email addresses, or you want to keep an old email address and forward new messages to your new account, Gmail’s auto-forwarding feature can help. While this feature will work flawlessly with multiple Gmail accounts, it’s important to remember that some email providers don’t allow auto-forwarding.

Gmail gives you multiple options when it comes to forwarding. You can choose to forward all new messages, or just certain kinds of messages. If your account provider is someone other than Gmail, you’ll need to visit their website to find out how to enable auto-forwarding (if the feature is available).

To forward all new emails:

  1. Click the gear on the top right side of the page.
  2. Click “Settings”.
  3. Click the tab labeled Forwarding and POP/IMAP.
  4. Find the Forwarding section and click “Add a forwarding address”.
  5. Enter the email address you want to forward your emails to.
  6. A confirmation email will be sent to that email address, so you’ll need to log into that account and follow the steps in the confirmation email.
  7. Reload your Gmail account.
  8. In the tab labeled Forwarding and POP/IMAP, check to make sure that “forward a copy of incoming mail” is checked. Your email address should be in the drop down menu.
  9. There should be another drop down menu as well. Here is where you’ll determine what Gmail will do with your forwarded emails. You can choose to archive it or keep a copy in your inbox.
  10. Click “Save changes” when you’re done.

Keep in mind that you can only forward all of your mail to one email address at a time. You can forward emails to multiple accounts if you use filters to send specific messages to each account. Up to 20 filters can be created for this purpose.

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