I've set up a filter in Gmail that I need to forward certain emails to SMS. I need it to forward the emails immediately. They take from one to twelve hours to forward. I don't see any settings to set the timing for forwarding emails, nor do I see a point for that.

How can I get my Gmail emails to forward immediately?

  • what protocol do you use?
    – user0
    Commented Aug 28, 2018 at 18:38
  • Sure it's not the recipient system? Do note that there are no guarantees for email delivery; certainly not based on time.
    – ale
    Commented Aug 28, 2018 at 20:09
  • I'm sending via T-Mobile's email to sms address, as in [email protected]. If I send an email to that address, I get it right away.
    – BBaysinger
    Commented Aug 28, 2018 at 21:44
  • I send an email to gmail based on my camera detecting someone is at the door, once gmail receives the email it takes about 10 to 20 seconds to AUTOFORWARD the EMAIL to my phone which for most situations is okay, but for my use it is too long.
    – Ron
    Commented Mar 6, 2019 at 16:09

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It appears the first time I set this up, the filter didn’t take somehow. The second time, a message sent in the morning was sent in the evening, but after that, they have been forwarding as timely as expected.

Make sure your filter takes after you create it, and wait 24 hours for everything to resolve and propagate.

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