How to Stop Email Forwarding From Gmail

by Steve Gregory Google
You can save more than one email address in the Forwarding section of a Gmail account.

You can save more than one email address in the Forwarding section of a Gmail account.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Remove a Forwarding Email Account

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

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

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


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

About the Author

An avid technology enthusiast, Steve Gregory has been writing professionally since 2002. With more than 10 years of experience as a network administrator, Gregory holds an Information Management certificate from the University of Maryland and is pursuing MCSE certification. His work has appeared in numerous online publications, including Chron and GlobalPost.

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