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How to set up email forwarding in Gmail

Got too many Gmail inboxes? Simplify your life and forward them all to one central hub.
May 10, 2022

How many Gmail inboxes do you have going at the moment? You most likely have at least one personal email and one work email. But maybe you also have one for clubs and associations you belong to? Or perhaps you’re leading a secret double life under another name? Juggling all of these inboxes can be exhausting, which is why you need to learn how to set up email forwarding in Gmail.

Read more: What to do if your Gmail is not receiving emails


To set up email forwarding in Gmail, open the Gmail account you want to forward, in a desktop browser. In Settings, go to Forwarding and POP/IMAP. Click Add a forwarding address in the Forwarding section and follow the on-screen prompts.

How to set up email forwarding in Gmail

Currently, the Android and iOS Gmail app doesn’t allow you to set up email forwarding. You must do this on a desktop browser.

First, open the Gmail account you want to forward. Go to Settings –> Forwarding and POP/IMAP. There, you’ll see the Forwarding section.

forwarding gmail

Click Add a forwarding address. This box will now appear. Enter the email address you want to forward to.

gmail add a forwarding address

You’ll now be asked to confirm that you want to forward it to this address. Click Proceed.

gmail forwarding confirm

Gmail will now tell you that a confirmation code has been sent to the forwarding email address. Click OK.

gmail forwarding email confirm

Go to the forwarding email address and find the email from Gmail. Inside will be a confirmation code. Go back and enter the code in the Gmail settings of the email address to be forwarded. Then scroll to the bottom and click Save changes.

gmail forwarding verify code

Your Gmail account will now reload. Go back to the Forwarding and POP/IMAP section when it has. You will now see your forwarding email address in the Forwarding section. Toggle Forward a copy of incoming mail to to enable the feature. Then decide what should happen to the original copy of the email once it’s been forwarded.

gmail forwarding enable

Save your changes, and Gmail will now reload again. The forwarding address has been set up. You can test it by sending yourself an email.

Read more: The ultimate guide to Gmail


Can you set up forwarding rules in Gmail?

Yes, in the Filters and Blocked Addresses section, you can set up a filter/rule to send Gmail emails matching specific keywords to another email address. But that email address must first be added to your Gmail account settings using the method outlined above.

When Gmail emails are forwarded, are the attachments included?

Yes, when Gmail automatically forwards an email, all of the attachments are included.

How long does it take for Gmail email forwarding to work?

Gmail email filtering takes effect immediately.