How to Auto-Forward Emails to Multiple Addresses in Gmail

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Gmail’s forwarding feature makes it easy to automatically pass emails on to other accounts without any effort on your part. With Gmail’s filter feature and a few extra steps, you can also automatically forward emails to multiple accounts.

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Step One

The first step is to set up the email forwarding. Go to SettingsForwarding and POP/IMAP. Click the Add a forwarding address button. This will send an email to each address you wish to automatically forward emails to with a confirmation link that has to be clicked.


You will have to repeat this step for each email.

Step Two

Once each of the emails have been confirmed, you can create a filter for the messages you want to forward. With the filter feature, you can automatically forward emails with a specific subject line, from a specific sender, or even messages with  specific keywords.


Under Gmail’s Settings go to Filters and Blocked Addresses and click the Create new filter button. You can fill in the details for the emails you want to forward. Once you’ve filled it in, click Create filter with this search.

Step Three

The next step is to choose the emails you want to forward the emails to. Make sure to check “Forward it” and from the dropdown menu select the email addresses that have been confirmed.


Unfortunately, because of the way that Gmail forwarding works, you will have to repeat this step each time for each email you want to forward to.

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  1. Jodi
    April 5, 2019 at 6:43 pm

    It won't let me choose more than one forwarding email address, even though I've saved several in my Settings > Forwarding tab.

    I'm trying to create a filter that will forward certain emails that come all the time for the same group of people.

  2. Kjetil Nesjan
    September 3, 2018 at 6:01 pm

    So how do I forward all email to multiple email addresses?

    I'm unable to select more than one address.
    Do I have to use filters and if so, how would You set up a filter for forwarding every email?

    • Jason Stinnett
      February 25, 2019 at 2:07 pm

      You have to use filters for all addresses past the first.

      Here's where things get a little tricky. We want to capture every email, but Google makes us filter based on *something.* So we use a workaround.

      At the bottom of the filter screen there is an option to filter based on size. Set that to greater than 0 bytes. All emails will be at least 1 byte, so your filter will catch every email!

      • amterpsy
        April 23, 2019 at 8:28 pm

        BOOM!! You rock. This thing was giving me ALL kinds of fits. That is a clever work-around. Thanks!

      • Rudolf
        August 12, 2019 at 8:03 am

        excellent. it works!
        I am just not sure if the forwarding must be active, or only the filters are needed.
        I want to delete the emails in the forwarding inbox; at the moment I am leaving the forwarding active.

      • Kathy
        August 25, 2019 at 6:40 pm

        This works like a charm! I had to go back to the Forwarding and POP/IMAP settings to disable the Forwarding rule I had set up after Step 1, and then created a filter for each and every email address I wanted to forward to.

        (Rudolf, it appears that the forwarding should not be active; in my experience, email was forwarded to the filter-rule addresses, but not to the "forward all mail to" address. I disabled that, and added that one address to its own filter. et voil!)

        Thank you for the work around, it was brilliant!

      • Beau
        November 5, 2019 at 12:24 pm

        Thank you so much - I was having issues with emails sent bcc to the group address. Using the set to greater than 0 bytes has solved this.

      • Beau
        November 5, 2019 at 12:27 pm

        Thank you so much - I had been struggling to get emails sent as bcc to the group address. Your 'greater than 0 bytes' filter solves this.

        Many thanks