Email forwarding to Gmail and SPF

Web Applications Asked by daunpunk on January 13, 2021

I have a domain with webmail on Gandi. I use that address for work. I set up mail forwarding to a personal Gmail address. Sometimes emails sent to my work address get bounced.

Gandi has two warnings:

“Since SPF (Sender Policy Framework) is designed to verify that an email being received is truly coming from the listed sender, mail you forward may fail SPF checks since it is being sent from your email server and not from the original listed sender. This can result in email you receive being incorrectly labeled as spam or failing an SPF check. Please keep this in mind when setting up an email forward.”


“Gmail has a tendency to consider forwarded email addresses as spam, due to the way they use their spam filter. This is especially true when you send an email from your Gmail that is then forwarded on to the same Gmail address. Because of this, customers who are trying to test the forward sometimes have the impression that the forward is not working, when in reality the email was forwarded but then rejected by Gmail. To avoid this problem, make sure that you have an SPF record in place.”

Does this explain the bounced emails? Can someone explain what I’m supposed to do?

One Answer

I have host a personal domain for inbound email, and use my personal domain address as the Reply-To address. However, gMail would sometimes bounce mail as you repost.

I solved it by lowering security in Gmail, following instructions (IIRC) I found at Google. which I am having trouble finding now. There is an active case you could follow, or step through their eleven-item list at then post a support request of your own, titled something like email forwarded from my domain hosted elsewhere bounces when it reaches gMail.

Answered by K7AAY on January 13, 2021

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