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How to forward emails from Outlook to Gmail

Now you can stop checking your Outlook account.
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December 7, 2021
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If you saw our article on forwarding Yahoo email to Gmail, you may now be thinking about forwarding your Outlook email too. Despite Microsoft’s best efforts, Google still beats them at email (as well as a lot more). So if you have Outlook email, but prefer the Gmail interface, then here’s how to forward emails from Outlook to Gmail.

Read more: How to set up and use Gmail in Outlook

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In your Outlook.com inbox, click the Settings cog in the top right-hand corner. In the Search Outlook settings box, start typing Forwarding and you'll be taken directly to the relevant section. Add the email address you want to forward to, state what should happen to the copies of the emails in Outlook, and save.

How to forward emails from Outlook to Gmail

Just to clarify right off the bat, this is for forwarding emails from the web-based Outlook.com, not the local Outlook email client. With that out of the way, let’s see how to forward your emails from Outlook to Gmail (or whatever email service you prefer to use).

In the top right-hand corner of Outlook.com email, click on the Settings cog.

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In the Search Outlook settings box, start typing Forwarding and select the first result.

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This will take you directly to the Forwarding section. Click Enable forwarding and enter the email address you want to forward your Outlook emails to. Also specify if Outlook should keep a copy of the forwarded messages or not. Then click Save to save your changes.

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Now send yourself a test email to the Outlook address, and see if it redirects properly to the forwarded address.


Read more: How to set up email forwarding in Gmail

FAQs

Why do I get an error message saying “Unable to load these settings. Please try again later”?

When you’re setting up email forwarding in Outlook, you may get a blank screen with the error message “Unable to load these settings. Please try again later.” First, wait a while to see if the issue resolves itself. If it doesn’t, try another browser. This problem is particularly prevalent in Google Chrome for some unknown reason. Try the Edge Browser, Firefox, or Safari instead.

Is Outlook email forwarding a paid feature?

No. Email forwarding in Outlook is free.

Is the process the same for forwarding Hotmail as well?

Hotmail now redirects to the Outlook interface, so yes the process is the same.