Forwarding mail from Google Apps to a private Gmail account

Updated: 3 March 2014

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Forwarding mail from Google Apps to a private Gmail account

The Problem

Google Apps provides a very useful email service for small businesses and non-profit groups, eg, hobby clubs. You can have your own "domain name" eg, "" and email addresses such as "", as well as shared calendars and other goodies.

Now, you have a Google Apps email account for a group or business that you belong to, but would rather have the mail forwarded to your everyday, private, Gmail account. "How do I do it?"

A Solution - Part A, the Google Apps end

Login to the Google Apps mail, then click the Settings icon, which is usually a gearwheel.

Select Forwarding and POP/IMAP, then click the radio button next to "Enable POP for all mail"

Click the Save Changes button at the bottom of the page.

That is all you need at the sending end.

A Solution - Part B, the private Gmail end

Login to your private Gmail account, and go to settings, same as for the Google Apps account.

Click on Accounts, then go down to the Check email from other accounts (using POP3: section.

Click on Add a POP3 mail account you own, then fill in the forms that appear as follows:-

Enter the full email address you want to collect from your Google Apps account eg, --------

Enter your password (for the Google Apps account), and "" for the server, on port 995. Click only the "Always use a secure connection..." and "Label incoming messages.." tick boxes.

You want to be able to send, so click the radio button "Yes, I want to be able to send mail..." ---------------

Edit the "sending" name to your taste. --------------

Click the radio button "send though Gmail..." -----

Accept and send the verification email to your Google Apps account. You then need to login to that account and click the link inside the email. This is telling your Google Apps email account to accept "fetch" requests from your private Gmail account.

That's it.

Note: Gmail may take up to 60 minutes to check and forward the mail. The busier your Google Apps email is, the faster your private gmail will get updated. It is not something you can adjust.

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