I have two separate mailboxes setup with Gmail: 'emailA@gmail.com' which is available publically, and emailB@gmail.com which I keep private.

Any email invitations sent to emailA@gmail.com are auto-forwarded to emailB@gmail.com. However, when I try to accept an invitation, I am unable to accept it.

"Ooops! It looks like you're trying to access this event using emailB@gmail.com"

Note that, while similar, this is not the same issue as “Google Calendar invitations cannot be forwarded via email.”, as that applies to forwarding invites between emails hosted by different organizations. (x@company.edu vs y@gmail.com)

I would like to avoid using the "Add to calendar" button, as it does not send notifications to the event organizer that I have RSVP'd.

How can I setup Gmail to let me accept Google Calendar invitations from my alternate email?


In the new Google Calendar settings interface, the requisite "respond to forwarded events" setting described by Steven Vascellaro's answer is found under the General Notifications category of settings accessed by selecting your main calendar in the left-side menu.

Note, it can take some time before the setting shows up in GCal after you've added and verified your alternate email address.

General notifications

  • Are the steps from my answer still accurate? Or do they need to be updated for the new Google Calendar interface? – Stevoisiak Apr 19 '18 at 19:32
  • I believe your steps regarding setting up an alternate email address are correct. However, the location of settings for a specific calendar has changed from the top of the screen to the left, and the section has changed to General Notifications as I mentioned above. Overall I still found your answer to be very helpful, however :) – Rahul Gupta-Iwasaki Apr 24 '18 at 20:39
  • Could you update the setting locations in my answer with an edit? – Stevoisiak Apr 24 '18 at 20:46
  • Edit submitted. – Rahul Gupta-Iwasaki Apr 24 '18 at 20:52

Google's instructions for this are inconsistent and split across a few different articles: Set up an alternate email, and allow responding to events from an alternate email, etc.

I've adapted and consolidated Google's official instructions below, but bizzarly their instructions only seem to work with non-Google email addresses (@hotmail, @yahoo, etc)

Important notes:

  • This will not work for accounts hosted through work, school, or other organizations. (x@company.org, y@school.edu) (see Google Calendar invitations cannot be forwarded via email)
  • The settings for responding to forwarded email invitations will be hidden if you have not set up an alternate email address.

Setting up an alternate email

  1. Sign in to My Account.
  2. In the "Personal info & privacy" section, select Your personal info.
  3. Choose Email.
  4. Select Alternate emails.
  5. If asked, verify your current username and password.
  6. Select either Add alternate email or Add other email. Enter an email address you own and select Add.

Allow forwarding from your alternate address

  1. On your computer, open Google Calendar.
  2. In the top right, click Settings Settings.
  3. Select your primary calendar from the left-hand Settings for my calendars menu.
  4. Find the General notifications section.
  5. Check the box for Allow responding to invitations forwarded through alternative email addresses. Note, it may take a little while after adding an alternate email for this setting to appear.

After you turn on this setting, you can use your Google Account to respond to event invitations forwarded from your alternate email address. Event responses will display as coming from your Google Account, not the alternate email address which was originally invited to the event.


Another quick method is to right click on the Yes, Maybe, or No link and select "Copy Link address". Then, in another browser logged into the other Alternate e-mail address account, paste the URL into a new tab. Right Click on Yes, Maybe, or No and Copy Link Address

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