Forget Forwarders - do this instead!

Forwarders can often end up in spam - or not delivered at all, here's how to fix that...

While it seems convenient at first glance, forwarding your emails to - or etc., can result in a lot of your forwarded mail ending up in spam. Because this involves an automated system sending another email from your to your this is a less-than-ideal solution if you're looking for a reliable email deliverability.

Instead, the better option is to have Gmail pull emails from your account directly, and save the forwarding. Here’s how to set that up.

Important: This solution might not be the best option for your needs, it assumes that you as the mail admin are OK with the recipient knowing the login info for this emails address. If that is not ideal, using a forwarder allows the mail admin to maintain control or who receives what, and the mail admin can revoke a forwarder at any time.

1. Click the cogwheel in the top right, and click ‘All Settings’ to open up your full settings suite in gmail.

2. Click Accounts and Import, locate the Check Mail and Other Accounts section, and click Add a Mail Account.

3. Enter the email address you’d like to sync.

4. Select Import emails from my other account (POP3)

5. Enter your email login information. Remember to use your FULL email address. If you don’t have these settings, they are available in your webmail.

We recommend:

  • Check Leave a copy on the server
  • Check Label incoming messages

6. Click add Account. You will now see this account under Check Mail and Other Accounts.

7. These emails will now be added to your GMAIL, and because we checked Label Incoming Messages you can see just these synced emails by filtering for that label.

Written by Shawn Wernig

Shawn Wernig

Lead Creative at Eggplant Studios

Shawn Wernig is the lead creative behind Eggplant Studios. While not full time (let's face it, more than full time) designing websites for his clients, Shawn enjoys good beer, double-doubles, and hiding from his phone.