How to stop automatic email forwards

Let's see how to stop automatic email forwards in Gmail, Yahoo, Outlook and iCloud. In a previous article, we detailed how to enable automatic email forwards to another email address. It is useful to know how to disable automatic forwards too.

In this article we'll explain how to reverse this and disabled email forwards. Let's go!

How to stop automatic email forwards

Stop automatic email forwards from Gmail

In Gmail, you can either forward all incoming emails or only forward the ones that match a set of rules you define. Disabling it depends on your current setup.

If ALL your emails are currently being forwarded and you want to disable automatic forward:

  1. Go to your Gmail account.
  2. At the top right, click Settings.
  3. Click Settings.
  4. Click the Forwarding and POP/IMAP tab.
  5. In the "Forwarding" section, click Disable forwarding.
  6. At the bottom, click Save Changes.

For more information: reference.

If only SOME emails are currently being forwarded and you want to disable automatic forward:

  1. Go to your Gmail account.
  2. At the top right, click Settings.
  3. Click Settings.
  4. Click the Filters and Blocked Addresses tab.
  5. Find the filter you'd like to change.
  6. Click delete to remove the filter.
  7. Click OK.

For more information: reference.

Stop automatic email forwards from Yahoo

To turn off mail forwarding in Yahoo mail:

  1. Mouse over the Settings menu icon Image of the Settings icon and select Settings.
  2. Click Accounts.
  3. Click the primary Yahoo account.
  4. Go down and deselect Forward.
  5. Click Save.

Stop automatic email forwards from Outlook Web App (Microsoft Exchange)

Instructions below apply to Outlook Web App for Office 365 for corporate accounts (using Microsoft Exchange). If you use desktop version of Outlook 2007, 2010, 2013 or 2016, refer to this article for more information.

If you use Office 365, you can disable automatic forwarding rules using the Outlook Web App:

  1. In a web browser, sign in to Outlook Web App using the URL provided by the person who manages email for your organization. Enter your user name and password, and then click Sign in.
  2. At the top of the page, choose Outlook (or Mail). Or, choose the app launcher Office 365 app launcher icon > Mail.
  3. At the top of the page, select Settings > Options, and then select one of the following: Organize email > Inbox rules or Mail > Automatic processing > Inbox rules
  4. Locate the forward rule and click Delete

Reference: Managing inbox rules in Outlook Web App.

Stop automatic email forwards from Hotmail, Microsoft Live or Outlook.com

Instructions below apply if you hold an email from Hotmail, Microsoft Live or Outlook.com.

If ALL your emails are currently being forwarded and you want to disable automatic forward:

  1. Sign in to your Microsoft account and then go to your Inbox page.
  2. Click on the gear icon located at the top part of your screen next to your username and then select Options.
  3. Under Mails > Accounts, click ** Forwarding**.
  4. Select Stop Forwarding
  5. Click Save.

If only SOME emails are currently being forwarded and you want to disable automatic forward:

  1. Sign in to your Microsoft account and then go to your Inbox page.
  2. Click on the gear icon located at the top part of your screen next to your username and then select Options.
  3. Under Mails, click Inbox and sweep rules.
  4. Locate the forwarding rule you want to remove
  5. Select the rule and click Delete (trash icon)
  6. Click Save.

Stop automatic email forwards from Apple iCloud (iCloud.com, me.com, mac.com)

To disable automatic forward of all your emails from your Apple iCloud mailbox:

  1. Log into your iCloud mailbox
  2. Click the Action pop-up menu (Gear icon) in the sidebar, then choose Preferences.
  3. In the General pane, deselect Forward my email to.
  4. Click Done.

Reference: iCloud: Forward all messages automatically

To stop forwarding specific emails only, see Filter email automatically.

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