One of the things I love most about Gmail is the ability to use variations of your email address. You can append a plus or period anywhere and have it automatically resolve back to your original email.

But I'm noticing that auto-forward rules don't always work when you take advantage of this feature.

For instance, say you have [email protected] always forwarding to [email protected]. When I send an email to [email protected], I see it in the inbox of [email protected] but not in the inbox of [email protected].

Is this a bug? How do I get around this?

  • are you using a filter or the filtering feature in the accounts settings?
    – dkuntz2
    Apr 17, 2011 at 17:34

1 Answer 1


If you're using a filter you can set the filter to be the following:

to(*@gmail.com) as opposed to to([email protected])

That will catch any email that gets in your inbox, where one@ will only catch those to one@.

If you're using the settings > Fowarding and pop/imap it should forward anything in your inbox to that number.

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