Forwarding or Redirecting Your U-M Email Using the MCommunity Directory
S4384 October 2015
You can have the email that is sent to you at your @umich.edu address forwarded to any email account you choose. This is because when mail is sent to you at @umich.edu, U-M machines check the MCommunity Directory, then forward, or redirect, your mail on to the email forwarding address(es) listed for you there. Use of the directory for email forwarding means you can keep your @umich.edu address no matter where your email mailbox resides.
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What Is Email Forwarding?
Email forwarding is a service that re-routes email sent to your @umich.edu email address (e.g., "firstname.lastname@example.org") to your "real" email account. When you change email providers, you can change the email address you've listed in the email forwarding list, and future messages will be forwarded to your new email account. This feature allows you to demonstrate your pride in being affiliated with U-M while taking advantage of the convenience of a constant email address.
Changing or Adding Your Email Forwarding Address
If you change email providers and/or addresses, be sure to update your mail forwarding address.
Your U-M Email Forwarding Address
If You Use M+Google Mail
Your email address is made up of your uniqname and the address of the M+Google Mail service.
For example, if your uniqname were bjensen, your email forwarding address would be email@example.com.
If You Use the U-M Health System Exchange Service
Your email address is made up of your uniqname and the address of the UMHS Exchange Service.
For example, if your uniqname were bjensen, your email forwarding address would be firstname.lastname@example.org.
If You Use the U-M Flint Campus Email Service
Your email address is made up of your uniqname and the address of the U-M Flint email service.
For example, if your uniqname were bjensen, your email forwarding address would be email@example.com.
If You Use Another U-M Email Service
If you don't know your full email forwarding address, ask your departmental administrator for help.
If You Use a Non U-M Email Provider
Use the address provided by your email service provider. (See the Email Forwarding Status page for details about mail providers that may not accept mail forwarded from @umich.edu addresses.)
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