If you're moving, traveling for a short time, accidentally getting the wrong email, or wanting to share an email, the forward option will help get everything to the right place. Forwarding mail from a post office is a simple process that only requires you to fill out one form. Email forwarding can be configured with just one click. No matter what type of mail you need to forward, you can easily ensure that it reaches its proper destination.
Method 1 of 3: Set up a forwarding address
Step 1. Request a change of address at your local post office
You can go to the post office and request the form or visit the website. Even if you only have to temporarily forward the mail, you must fill out all the necessary information for the change of address. Provide the 2 identification forms if you go to the United States Postal Service (USPS) to fill out the form. When you're done filling it out, send it online or to one of the post office workers.
- The online change of address form at the USPS requires a payment of US $ 1 with a credit or debit card as proof of identity.
- You can request a change of address in the United States by clicking on the following link:
Step 2. Choose the amount of time you want your email to be forwarded
Look in the address change form for the duration of the mail forwarding you need. You can choose between 15 days and 6 months. Choose the appropriate amount of time you need your mail to be forwarded.
After the time is up, you can extend the forwarding service for another 6 months by filling out and submitting the address change form again
Step 3. Hire a premium forwarding service if you want all your mail to be sent in a weekly package
The United States Postal Service's premium forwarding service collects the mail and ships it in a weekly package. You can hire the service online for a registration fee of $ 18.45 and weekly payments of $ 20.10. Fill out the form completely and submit it online.
- Premium service can be used for a minimum of 2 weeks or up to 1 year.
- Priority mail sent to you will be forwarded automatically so you don't have to wait.
Method 2 of 3: Forward other people's mail
Step 1. Cross out the old address with a black permanent marker
Use a thick black marker to completely cover up the address written on the envelope or package. This way, it will not be dropped back at your address.
Do not cross out the name of the person to whom the mail is addressed
Step 2. Put the new address below the old one if you know it
Use a black marker and write in large letters. Put the phrase "Forward to:" first over the name on the envelope and then write the address. Keep your writing clear and legible so the postman can read it.
- Do not change the name or return address that is in the upper left corner of the email.
- If you know the recipient but not their new address, give them a call ahead of time to ask for their current address.
Step 3. Write “Moved- Return to Sender” if you don't know the person's address
If you're not sure who the recipient is or if you don't know their new address, use large letters over the person's name to write the phrase. This way, the person who sent the email will retrieve it and can ask the recipient for their new address.
This measure will also work well to get rid of spam. Instead of "Moved," write "Rejected" in the mail
Step 4. Take the mail to the post office or put it in a mailbox
Drop off the mail at a post office so staff can check that it goes to the correct place and verify that the stamps are still valid. If you prefer a more discreet method, return the mail to the mailbox so that the postman can take it the next day.
You can locate the official mailboxes of the United States Postal Service at the following link:
Step 5. Contact the person you are forwarding the email to if you know them
If you know the recipient, give them a call or message to tell them that you received their email. Tell him you gave his new address to the post office staff so he'll get the mail soon. If you don't receive it in 2 weeks, call the post office to inquire about correspondence.
Method 3 of 3: Forward emails
Step 1. Go to the email settings and click the Forward option to send the email to another address
Look for the Settings option at the top of your inbox. It will appear as Settings in the menu or as a clickable gear icon. Once you access the settings, find the option that says Forward and click on it.
Many times, the configuration option will appear in the upper right corner
Step 2. Enter the email address you want to forward the messages to
Click the option to add a forwarding address. Add another email address of your own that you want emails to be forwarded to. If you only want specific types of mail sent to you, you can create a filter to get rid of spam messages.
You can configure email to be forwarded to multiple addresses if you only want to receive specific types of email for each account
Step 3. Send a test email to make sure the message is forwarded
When you're done, send yourself an email or ask a friend to send you one. Make sure the email goes to the inbox of the second account to confirm that it works.
Check the inbox of the email you are forwarding to from time to time in case a message isn't forwarded to the new account
Step 4. Click the Forward option on a message if you only want to share a single email
Look at the top bar of icons on the message you want to forward. Look for an envelope symbol with an arrow pointing to the right. Click the button and write your own message about the forwarded message.