Google Forwarding Email: If you use Google Workspaces (paid Google account, including email), how can you create a forwarding email in Gmail? Gmail is great but how to forward an email to another email? It’s not impossible, but it is annoyingly hidden. You need to access the admin settings area for groups. But first you have to create the group. In this post we’ll explain how to create a Google group that acts as a forwarding Gmail address, which will forward any message sent to it — from inside or outside your Google Workspaces organization — to any number of other email addresses, again, inside or outside of your Google organization.
Note: The Google forwarding email you see in the example, does not exist.
Setting up a Group as a Forwarding Address
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- Sign in to Google Groups to set up the google forwarding email
- If starting from anywhere else in Google (home, admin dashboard, etc.), see image below.
- At the top, click Create Group. This is the first major step to setting up your Google Forwarding Email
- Enter the name, desired email and basic information and set the basic settings for the group. In this box you’ll also be prompted to add the “members” of the group, which is who you want to receive the emails. You also want to set it so the members received “each email”.
NOTE: the settings entered at this stage will be changed later in the forwarding settings in https://admin.google.com area
- Click Create Group when finished with this box, and your basic group will be created. But you’re not done yet! We need to adjust the settings so anyone outside the organization can email in to the group email.
- Depending on your admin settings, you may simply be able to click the small gear iconnext to your group (if on mobile, the gear icon may be under a three-dot or chevron drop-down menu) and then go into General settings where you will see options to “Allow anyone on the web” to “post” to the group. “Posting” in this context, means emailing in to the group. A post is, functionally, an email.
- It is likely you may not have the settings set properly here, so instead let’s go back to the admin dashboard: https://admin.google.com/
- Now click the search bar at the top and search Groups Email, and look for GROUPS, Directory > Groups. Click that result.
- Dismiss any notifications that may be blocking the bottom part of the page and click “Edit Settings” on the group you’re looking to edit.
- Scroll down to the bottom of the right side of the page and look for Access Settings
- Click on the whole area or the little pencil edit icon to edit those access settings. Almost done!
Set your settings so external emails can email or “post” into the group as shown below:
12. Then scroll down and hit save! NOTE: wait a few minutes before attempting to email in to the group to allow the settings to populate across the account. If you have further settings you want to change, you can do so here or in group settings at https://groups.google.com
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