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How to Stop Email Forwarding From Gmail

by Steve Gregory, Demand Media Google

    The Forwarding and POP/IMAP section of your Gmail account’s Settings menu has the options to both completely disable the Forwarding feature and stop forwarding messages to a single email address. Reading your Gmail messages from an email account that you regularly access -- such as your college email account -- is convenient and saves time. However, if you no longer use or have access to the account, there is no reason to keep forwarding your messages. You can reactivate Gmail’s Forwarding feature or add a new forwarding email address at any time.

    Disable Gmail Automatic Forwarding

    Step 1

    Sign in to your Gmail dashboard, then click the gear icon.

    Step 2

    Choose "Settings" from the menu to open the Settings page.

    Step 3

    Click the "Forwarding and POP/IMAP" tab to open the Forwarding and POP/IMAP Settings page.

    Step 4

    Click the "Disable Forwarding" radio button in the Forwarding section.

    Step 5

    Click the "Save Changes" button to disable the forwarding feature.

    Remove a Forwarding Email Account

    Step 1

    Open your Gmail account's Forward and POP/IMAP Settings page.

    Step 2

    Click the "Forward a Copy of Incoming Mail to" box, then select "Remove" next to the email address that you want to remove.

    Step 3

    Click the "OK" button on the dialog box to confirm the address removal. A message appears confirming the removal.

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    Tip

    • Disabling the forwarding feature does not prevent you from manually forwarding an individual email message.

    About the Author

    Steve Gregory has been writing professionally for more than nine years and attended the University of Maryland for information management. His professional experience includes copywriting, ghostwriting and technical writing for a variety of clients. He also writes Web content for several websites.

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