Gmail - Filtering messages auto-forwarded from other Gmail account


I recently created a second Gmail account with more businesslike username that I can use for my business-related emails.  For the purposes of this question, let's call the accounts:


Since (at least for now) I will spending most of my face time on SteveOld, I'd like SteveNew to forward all incoming msgs to SteveOld. I have already configured this option in SteveNew.

Next step (in SteveOld), I want to be able to distinguish emails that come in from SteveNew from all my other messages. From what I see these emails "look like" they came from the original sender (e.g. , not SteveNew.Accordingly,that method does not help.

So, I set up a filter (in SteveOld to mark any message that comes in from SteveNew with a label NewGmail. HOWEVER, it seems that this label works only if I specifically send a message from SteveNew to SteveOld, and does not recognize that, behind the scenes, Gmail forwarded a message (from to SteveNew) to SteveOld.

Bottom line:
1. Is there a way for SteveOld to recognize that such an email was auto-forwarded from SteveNew?
2. If not, I'd welcome any suggestions as to how I can easily tell what messages were auto-forwarded.

Sorry for the length of this question, and thanks in advance for any help! :)

Stephen KairysTechnical Writer - ConsultantAsked:
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Jackie ManIT ManagerCommented:
Not possible to accomplish what you want if you just use the features from the Gmail webmail. You need an email client installed in a computer to do what you want. Maybe someone will write an app in the future or you can contact Google to suggest a feature.!forum/gmail
Stephen KairysTechnical Writer - ConsultantAuthor Commented:
Thanks, Jackie. At this point, between your answer, and troubleshooting with a friend, I think I'm going to cut my losses and stop trying to do the impossible. :)  That said, I'll leave this question open  should anyone else want to chime in.

I just setup a gmail to gmail forward. However, I do not face the same problem, I can filter in the destination mailbox on


to find the forwarded messages.

So I would kindly ask you, how did you setup this forward?

In my case, it was a full forward in the settings> fowarding and pop/imamp > add a forwarding address
followed up by a verification link.
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Stephen KairysTechnical Writer - ConsultantAuthor Commented:
I believe that I did. However, I see that you specified in ()'s. Was that for clarity, or did you actually use the ()s?

FWIW, the filter is supposed to add a label to the incoming msg.

The () brackets are actually part of the syntax. You can use it to test it first in the search box in gmail, before you actually make it a filter. If the results underneath are a 100% match, you should continue to make it a filter. If not, there's still something wrong, and continuing to make the filter is of no use.
Stephen KairysTechnical Writer - ConsultantAuthor Commented:
This is what I see when I display the existing filters in the "TO" account

Matches: from:(
Do this: Apply label "NewGmail", Mark it as important.

But there are no emails wit the NewGmail label even though I have received such messages.

Assuming you are watching the SteveOld mailbox, have this filter:

Matches: from:( (WRONG FILTER)

should be:
Matches: to:(

All the results are the forwarded emails.

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Stephen KairysTechnical Writer - ConsultantAuthor Commented:
Yes! That works! Thank you!
What a nice way to start the day... :)

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