Streamline Your Inbox: How to Forward Emails from One Gmail Account to Another

 Are you managing multiple email accounts and want to simplify your life? Email forwarding in Gmail is a seamless way to ensure you don't miss important communications across your various inboxes. By setting up email forwarding, you can have all your messages centralized into one primary account. Here’s how to do it:

Step-by-Step Guide to Setting Up Email Forwarding in Gmail

Step 1: Access Settings in the Source Account

  • Open Gmail: Log into the Gmail account from which you want to forward messages.

  • Open Settings: Click on the gear icon in the upper right corner and select ‘See all settings’.

Step 2: Add a Forwarding Address

  • Go to the 'Forwarding and POP/IMAP' tab: This tab is located at the top of the Settings menu.

  • Click ‘Add a forwarding address’: Enter the email address to which you want your emails forwarded.

  • Proceed with Confirmation: Gmail will send a confirmation email to the address you want to forward to. You’ll need to click the confirmation link in that email.

Step 3: Confirm the Forwarding Address

  • Check the Other Inbox: Log into the account where you’ve sent the confirmation.

  • Find the Confirmation Email: Click on the link within that email to confirm the forwarding request.

  • Verify the Confirmation: Sometimes you may need to copy a confirmation code back into the settings of your original Gmail account.

Step 4: Set Up Forwarding Preferences

  • Select Forwarding Options: Go back to the 'Forwarding and POP/IMAP' tab in the settings of the source account.

  • Choose What to Do with Forwarded Emails: Select to keep Gmail’s copy in the inbox, mark Gmail’s copy as read, archive Gmail’s copy, or delete Gmail’s copy.

Step 5: Save Changes

  • Click ‘Save Changes’ at the bottom of the page.

Additional Tips for Email Forwarding in Gmail

  • Selective Forwarding: Create filters if you only want to forward certain types of emails. Under 'Settings', go to the ‘Filters and Blocked Addresses’ tab and use the ‘Create a new filter’ option to specify criteria.

  • Forward Old Emails: Manually forward older emails by selecting them and choosing the ‘Forward’ option from the more actions menu (three dots).

  • Review Regularly: Occasionally review your forwarding settings to ensure they are still relevant and secure.

  • Disable Forwarding: If you ever want to stop forwarding, go back to the 'Forwarding and POP/IMAP' tab in settings and choose ‘Disable forwarding’.

Remember, you can only forward new incoming emails; emails that arrived before the forwarding rule was set will not be forwarded automatically.


Email forwarding in Gmail is an excellent tool for managing multiple email accounts efficiently. With just a few clicks, you can automate your email flow, saving time and keeping your focus on what matters most. Stay organized and in control by centralizing your messages where you need them most.


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