How to Get Business Emails Forwarded to a Personal Gmail Account

Many business owners like the idea of having a business email address that is kept completely separate from personal accounts, but some startup entrepreneurs may find themselves in a challenging transitional phase with some contacts having the old address and others sending mail to your new one. Although you can clarify your emailing preferences, you may only have a few business emails being sent to you in the beginning anyway, making it tedious to have to sign in and out of two different accounts. To simplify your process, you can turn to a sophisticated email manager such as Outlook, or you can simply forward your business emails to a personal account for quick access to everything. This way, your privacy will be maintained regarding new contacts, but your important emails from your already established network won’t get overlooked.

Adding a Forwarding Email Address to a Gmail Account

1. Sign into the account you wish to have email automatically forwarded from. Create an account if you do not already have this business address established. 2. Click on the “Options” icon at the top of the page, using the drop-down box to click on “Mail Settings.” When the new page loads, locate the tab “Forwarding and POP/IMAP” and click on it. Next, click on the “Add a forwarding address” button. If you want to control what emails do or do not get forwarded, you can “Creating a Filter.” Otherwise, you can simply forward all emails. You will be prompted to enter in your forwarding address. In the example we’ve been discussing, this address would be your personal account that you want to regularly check without having professional contacts email you there directly. Type in the address and press “Next.” A confirmation code will then be sent to the email address you just submitted in order to verify permission.

2. Sign into your personal email account and open your “Gmail Forwarding Confirmation.” Click on the verification link or copy and paste it into a new browser window, both ways will prompt you to view the same “Confirmation Success” notification that the business email ” may now forward mail to” the personal account.

3. Sign back into the business account and return to the “Forwarding and POP/IMAP” tab of “Mail Settings.” You will now see an option that you can click to implement: ” Forward a copy of incoming mail.” You can also use the accompanying drop-down box to select your preference of keeping the original account’s email in the inbox, marking that copy as read, archiving it, or deleting it. Once you’re prompted your desired settings to appear, you can click on “Save Changes” to immediately activate your preferences.

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