I run a startup and we send quite a lot of emails. I've started to BCC these emails that my software sends to myself as an alias. For example:

[email protected] might be my main email and I'm now sending them to

[email protected] as a bcc to field, (in addition to the clients email as the main "to" field).

The problem is that I can't seem to create a filter for these emails in my Inbox. I want to archive them immediately, but it doesn't appear as though there is a way to do this.

If I search for emails, I can't see them. I guess this is because Gmail doesn't store the BCC field (even if it's sent to you).

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Headers of email:


I think my only option is to create a fully fledged inbox JUST for these BCC's as I can't find any way to identify and label them.


2 Answers 2


You need to filter on the delivered-to header.

Fortunately, Gmail allows you to do that.

Use the advanced search flag in the "has the words" field for your filter. For example:

 deliveredto:[email protected]

You can probably even shorten it to


but you may get too many false positives.

I have a few similar filters for just this purpose.

  • This works perfectly. Just tested, and it filtered with only the blind emails. Good job.
    – Layke
    Commented Jan 24, 2016 at 21:08

The whole idea of bcc is that the recipients don't see who is on bcc. That includes all receivers, even the ones on bcc. So when the email to yourself arrives, you are not on bcc anymore, as it is not shown to anyone.

You can use cc: for the effect you want, and the receiver mailbox will know that you are on cc: and can handle rules to it. But then everyone else will see it too.

  • I'm afraid you're mistaken here. It is possible to filter messages that you received by being in the bcc address. You just need to use the delivered-to: heading.
    – ale
    Commented Jan 24, 2016 at 15:38
  • @Al E. - that would also catch the ones where you are on to: and cc:, wouldn't it? So basically all your mails.
    – Aganju
    Commented Jan 24, 2016 at 15:39
  • Asker is using "plus addressing" to be able to distinguish between them.
    – ale
    Commented Jan 24, 2016 at 15:40
  • Yep, I'm using a layke+this.is.custom@example. @Al E is correct, his solution works great.
    – Layke
    Commented Jan 24, 2016 at 21:09

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