Forward emails to multiple recipients in Google Apps

Forward mails to more than one recipient in google apps
Forward mails to more than one recipient in google apps

For reasons best known to Google, the email component of Google Apps allows users to automatically forward all email to a single email address only. Since it is not uncommon for organizations to set-up a common email ID for interacting with customers and then forwarding all email received to multiple people for action, the restriction on forwarding emails to multiple recipients is a bit of a bummer.

Sure, multiple recipients can use the ‘recent:’ tag while logging in and ensure that all of them download the emails, but it is easy enough to forget to switch on ‘Leave messages on server’ and actually delete all messages.

Recently, a friend of mine also complained of this and since he is an individual, yet affected by this issue; I felt I should figure out a workaround to this and publish it.

Create Email Groups in Google Apps
Create Email Groups in Google Apps

The simplest solution is to set-up an Email Group in google apps. Simply put, an email group is an email ID that itself comprises of multiple users. Any email sent-to the group ID is automatically replicated to all members of the group.

The solution to forward emails to multiple recipients simply consists of creating a group-ID and adding recipients to the group. Once added, configure the master account to forward emails to the group-ID and they will be forwarded to all the recipients.

To illustrate the concept:


Add Users To Email Groups In Google Apps
Add Users To Email Groups In Google Apps
  • If creating a group, try to set the group type to “Team”. In this mode, you can add recipients from any domains. For ex: Group members can be from Hotmail, Yahoo, Rediff or any other email service.
  • In “Team” mode, emails received at the group ID are automatically forwarded to the team members who can be from any domain.
  • Any member of the team can send an email to the group ID and the mail will be replicated.
  • Non group members cannot send emails to the group ID since their email will be rejected instantly. This is useful to avoid spam.
  • If a group member forwards a spam message to the group ID, it will be replicated to all the group members. Please avoid blindly forwarding every email to the Group ID; instead use a rule to forword emails so that only those emails which concern the group are forwarded.

7 responses to “Forward emails to multiple recipients in Google Apps”

    • Hi Cory,

      Google Apps allows you to add other domain email IDs to the group.
      Your will have to set the Group’s permissions correctly to allow other domain email IDs to also sent messages to the group ID.
      If you only want one-way traffic (from Group to Users), then the ‘Announcement Only’ setting will work fine.


    • Hi Colin,

      It appears that Google has not yet added the facility to forward emails to multiple recipients and still requires the use of Google Groups to forward messages.


  1. Groups don’t appear to be working correctly for me. I create a group and add myself as a member. When I email the group – I never receive my test email.

    Is this a known bug or is there a trick to this? Seems pretty straight forward.. but, again, it’s not working.


  2. Nick, I think if you are the one sending the message, you won’t receive your sent message but the other recipients in the group e-mail address that you belong to will.

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