How to Mass Forward Multiple E-mails in Gmail?

A question we get quite often at is how to forward multiple emails in Gmail to another e-mail address. And with forwarding multiple e-mails we mean sending them individually, one by one.

This question comes not as a surprise to us because a lot of our customers are using in combination with Google Mail and want to automatically forward their old existing as well as new e-mails to their account. And for sure, nobody wants to manually forward hundreds or thousands of emails by hand. Luckily, it’s easy to set up Gmail to forward multiple emails!

When we get this question, we recommend usually one of two possibilities described below. One method is very easy to set up but works only with new e-mails. The other one is a bit more tricky, but will also work with previously received e-mails.

Pssst … In case you wonder how to do this in Outlook, please read our guide on how to forward multiple e-mails individually in outlook.

And if you haven’t done so yet…

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Forward multiple emails in Gmail with filters

The first possibility is using only built-in features of Gmail and is more easy to setup. All you need to do is to create a filter in Gmail and define a forwarding address for this filter. The basic steps for creating a Gmail automatic forwarding filter are:

1/ Define a search term

As a first step you need to define a search term which identifies the e-mails you want to forward. To access the advanced search form panel, click on the little arrow on the right side of the search input.

Gmail Search Input

The advanced search input form lets you define fine grained parameters which will be used to identify your e-mails. If you have already some similar e-mails in your inbox, GMail can show you which e-mails would match your search term. Just click on the blue search icon in the bottom left and a list of matching e-mails will appear.

Gmail Search Form

2/ Create a forwarding filter based on these search settings

Once you defined your search parameters click on the link “Create filter with this search” in the bottom right of the form. This will bring you to a new form where you can choose what you want to do with the matching e-mails. Next to things like adding a tag, adding a star or deleting an e-mail, you can choose to “Forward it to …”.

Gmail Create Forwarding Filter

3/ Activate the forwarding filter by clicking a link inside a confirmation e-mail

If you set up a forwarding filter to a new destination address, a confirmation e-mail with a link is sent to this address first. This is necessary for security reasons. By clicking on the link you tell Google that you have access to the destination address and that you don’t spam another person with this.

Please note: If you forward your e-mails to your inbox, you also need to click on the activation link. You will find the e-mail containing the link inside your “Incoming E-mails” list. Click on it, choose “Original Email” and click on the link. This will activate your forwarding filter.

If you need more details on creating a forwarding filter in Gmail, check out the Google support website where you’ll find more info.

Important! This method has however one disadvantage: It only works with new emails which you receive after creating the filter. Unfortunately it won’t forward old emails which are already stored in your Google mail account.

Forward multiple old e-mails from Gmail

Luckily, there is another solution which can also mass forward existing emails from Gmail. Setting up this solution is however  a bit more tricky and involves using a GDoc spreadsheet. The idea behind this approach is to add a Tag in Gmail, move all E-mails with this tag into a GDoc spreadsheet and then forward them with a script.

If this sounds too complicated and like a lot of work, don’t worry! Amit from the Digital Inspirations did an awesome job and documented the whole process step by step. The article guides you through the setup and also includes a video tutorial. In addition to that, Amit also gives you access to his Google Doc spreadsheet which you can duplicate and use for your setup. Click here to read the tutorial and watch the video.


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