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4.0 - Updated on 2023-05-04 by Lauren Freda

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2.0 - Updated on 2023-05-04 by Paul Drake

1.0 - Authored on 2017-03-21 by Denise Moser

Note: Automatically forwarding your mail to an external email address may result in lost email. For example, some federal agencies (e.g. the National Science Foundation (NSF)  have a security mechanism that prevents their email from being forwarded from your university account.

Forwarding to an external account is also not recommended for users separating from the university.

To turn on automatic forwarding:

  1. On your computer, open Gmail using the account you want to forward messages from. You can only forward messages for a single Gmail address, and not an email group or alias
  2. In the top right, click the gear icon for settings
  3. Click Settings
  4. Click the Forwarding and POP/IMAP tab
  5. In the "Forwarding" section, click Add a forwarding address
  6. Enter the email address you want to forward messages to
  7. Click Next > Proceed > OK
  8. A verification message will be sent to that address. Click the verification link in that message
  9. Go back to the settings page for the Gmail account you want to forward messages from, and refresh your browser
  10. Select Forward a copy of incoming mail to
  11. Choose what you want to happen with the Gmail copy of your emails. We recommend Keep Gmail's copy in the Inbox
  12. At the bottom of the page, click Save Changes

For additional options on forwarding email see Google's Support Page.

More information about NSF's experience with DMARC can be found on NSF's website at More information about Binding Operational Directive 18-01 can be found at