Receive Email Replies at a Different Address Than You Send From

Gmail lets you change where emails are sent when people reply

When someone replies to an email, the message is typically sent back to the sender's address by default. However, in Gmail, you can change the reply-to address so that a reply goes somewhere else.

How to Set Up a Reply-to Email Address

One reason to change the reply-to address in Gmail is when you have multiple "send mail as" addresses connected to your account and you don't want replies sent to those accounts.

To change the reply-to settings in Gmail:

  1. Click the settings gear, and select See all settings from the drop-down menu.

    See all settings location in Gmail
  2. Go to the Accounts and Import tab.

    The Accounts and Import tab
  3. In the Send mail as section, select Edit info next to the email address for which you want to set up a reply-to address.

    Gmail Send mail as > edit info
  4. Select Specify a different "reply-to" address.

    Specify a different "reply-to" address
  5. In the Reply-to address text box, enter the address at which you want to receive replies.

    Reply-to address field
  6. Choose Save Changes.

    Save Changes
  7. Repeat this process for each of the email addresses you use.

  8. To stop using the reply-to address, revisit these steps, erase the email address, then select Save Changes.

Why Do This?

When you use multiple email accounts in Gmail, use a reply-to address so that all replies to your email messages are sent to one email address. For example, imagine that is your primary address and you also like to send mail as, which is your other Gmail account. Even though you send email as, you don't check that email account often, so you don't want replies sent to that email account.

Instead of forwarding email from to, change the reply-to address. That way, when you send messages from, recipients respond as they normally do, but their email goes to instead of


When you send an email from another account you've set up in Gmail, select the email address next to the From field at the top of the message. From there, choose from the list of "send mail as" accounts.

The recipient will see something like this in the From line of an email you send with a different reply-to address: on behalf of (your name)

In this example, the email was sent from the address, but the reply-to address is set to Replying to this email sends the message to

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