How to Forward Gmail Email Using Filters

Set up your criteria to organize incoming mail

What to Know

  • Create an auto-forward filter: Select the Settings gear > See All Settings > Filters and Blocked Addresses > Create a new filter.
  • Next, enter your criteria, or enter @ to forward all mail. Select Create Filter > Forward it to and choose an address, then select Create Filter.
  • To disable forwarding: Select the Settings gear > See all settings > Forwarding and POP/IMAP > Disable Forwarding.

This article explains how to set up email forwarding in Gmail automatically using custom filters.

Set Up a Filter to Auto Forward in Gmail

To set up a filter that forwards Gmail email to another email address:

  1. Select the Settings gear.

    The Settings gear in Gmail
  2. Select See All Settings.

    The "See All Settings" button in Gmail
  3. Go to the Filters and Blocked Addresses tab.

    A screenshot of Gmail settings with the Filters and Blocked Addresses heading highlighted
  4. Select Create a new filter.

    A screenshot of Gmail settings with the Create a New Filter option highlighted
  5. Enter the criteria for the email you want to forward. For example, to forward all mail (as standard Gmail forwarding does), enter @ in the From field. To forward mail from a certain sender, enter that email address, name, domain, or any part of these next to From. When you finish, select Create filter.

    A screenshot of a Gmail Filters box with the Create Filter button highlighted
  6. Select the Forward it to check box, choose the address to which you want these messages delivered from the drop-down list, then select Create filter. Email matching the criteria you set will be forwarded to this address.

  7. If the desired email address isn't in the drop-down list, select add forwarding address and enter the address in the box that appears. Choose Next.

    A screenshot of the Add a Forwarding Address window in Gmail with the Next button highlighted
  8. Select Proceed to confirm the forwarding address.

    A screenshot of the "Confirm Forwarding Address" window in Gmail with the Proceed button highlighted
  9. Gmail sends a verification email to the address you added. Enter the code it contains in the box next to Verify [email address] and select Verify. Alternatively, follow the link provided in the email sent to the forwarding address and choose Confirm to confirm that you allow messages to be forwarded to that email address.

    Verify email under email forwarding in Gmail settings
  10. Select Save Changes.

Person setting up auto-forward in Gmail
Lifewire / Michela Buttignol 

After you create a filter that forwards certain messages to another email address, a notice appears in your inbox stating that your filters are forwarding some of your mail. This reminder appears for the first week after you set up the filter.

How to Turn Off Forwarding

If you no longer want any messages forwarded to other email addresses, disable forwarding in Gmail.

  1. Select the Settings gear in the upper-right corner of Gmail.

    The Settings gear in Gmail
  2. Select See All Settings from the drop-down list.

    The "See All Settings" button in Gmail
  3. Select the Forwarding and POP/IMAP tab.

    A screenshot of Gmail settings with the Forwarding and POP/IMAP tab highlighted
  4. In the Forwarding section, select Disable Forwarding.

    A screenshot of Gmail's Forwarding settings with the Disable Forwarding option highlighted
  5. Select Save Changes.

How to Delete a Filter

If you use multiple filters to forward email messages and you want to stop using one, delete that filter.

  1. Select the Settings gear in the upper-right corner.

    The Settings gear in Gmail
  2. Select See All Settings from the drop-down list.

    The "See All Settings" button in Gmail
  3. Select Filters and Blocked Addresses.

    A screenshot of Gmail settings with the Filters and Blocked Addresses heading highlighted
  4. Choose the filter you want to change.

    A screenshot of Gmail's Filters settings with the checkbox next to a filter highlighted
  5. Select Edit to change the filter or Delete to remove the filter.

    If you edit the filter, make the changes and then select Continue when you're done editing.

    A screenshot of Gmail filters settings with the Edit and Delete options highlighted
  6. Select Update Filter or OK.

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