Mail forwarding/POP3 (from other email accounts)

We understand that changing email providers is a tough thing to do, and we want to help ensure it is as easy as possible.

Most mail services have an email forwarding feature that allows your email from an existing account to be forwarded to your new ProtonMail account.

POP3 is another method often used to forward mail to new mail addresses. At this time ProtonMail does not offer POP3 services.

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  1. Summer

    If there were a method for me to export my Yahoo email to proton mail I would ditch my Yahoo email. There are emails I don’t care about but other that I need. I realize there is storage limitation but I think this feature should be a priority and would get a lot more people excited about using Proton mail

  2. Tim

    I would agree, I just can’t seem to figure out how to get rid of email that I am keeping in case i need it in the future? I know that it makes security breeches easier, but I have to keep some stuff for reference. Maybe a premium feature with a pay for more room tier?

    Anyways, love your product and glad you are here.

  3. George

    Why, when I want 2 forward a message must to choose from every alfabetical letter? Just wanted to open all my contacts and let me to tick off

  4. Anonymous

    Will there be a way to set up forwarding from Gmail? I can’t get it to work as of now and have no knowledge of how to get it to work if it can.

  5. Anonymous

    You can:
    A) forward your important emails to Proton or,
    B) Link your old email account to Proton for legacy transition:
    Most important to remember though, emails send through yahoo/gmail servers are no longer end-to-end encrypted.

  6. Jörg

    If the old mail account where you’re activating the forwarding is also your backup account (used by protonmail for login password resets) make sure the forwarding keeps a copy of the mails. Otherwise you won’t be able to read your reset token once you need it.

  7. andreag_bay

    at this time ,I must fetch my protonmail directly in my domain adress and insead I would like to pick it up among other mails such as Gmail or Hotmail – each of them beeing kept individually – but at the same place on my computer. I.E.Windows live mail.

  8. Jay

    POP 3 is a must these days. Until that is implemented; I doubt there will be high usage. It’s all about easy of use vs. NSA level security.

  9. Anonymous

    I just wanted to switch to Protonmail, but I found that I can’t import messages from gmail and I can’t set my other e-mails as pop3+smtp e-mails in Protonmail. I am afraid I can’t switch to Protonmail because of that.

  10. Guy

    hi Protonmail and thanks for a great product.

    this might be a dumb question but i cannot seem to find the option to automatically forward emails from my protonmail account… is this feature indeed lacking or have i just not found it?



  11. ProtonMail Support

    Unfortunately, we do not support auto-forwarding at this moment. We are planning on implementing this feature in the future.

  12. Anónimo

    Como configuro protonmail del modo pop???

  13. ProtonMail Support

    At this time Protonmail does not support IMAP/SMTP or POP3 due to the technology ProtonMail utilizes within web browsers to encrypt and decrypt your messages. We apologize for the inconvenience and are working on creative solutions to allow IMAP/SMTP use.

  14. bob

    is there any way to set up “NEW Mail Alerts” to have proton mail send an alert to another email when new mail arrives?

  15. ProtonMail Support

    You can enable the daily notifications:
    Currently, we do not allow a notification for each new email due to the increased load and possibility of spam.

  16. Michail

    To forward your mail from Gmail to Protonmail just sign in to your Gmail account, then go to Settings, then go to Forwarding and POP/IMAP, then click on Add a forwarding address, then follow instructions. It is simple.

  17. Rizki Kurniawan

    Is there a way making some e-mails sent to proton mail forwarded to others e-mail?
    I would like to forward some e-mails received by proton mail to others.
    I hope this feature added in near future

  18. ProtonMail Support

    For now we do not have an auto-forward option, you can only forward individual messages.

  19. Katelynn

    Is there a difference in security between forwarding mail to ProtonMail the way that Michail describes above (by setting up auto-forward from the other email server) versus manually forwarding individual messages? Are the emails fully encrypted in both scenarios? Thanks in advance for your answer and support :)

  20. ProtonMail Support

    There is no difference. In both cases the messages are not end-to-end encrypted because you use a different service. The messages are encrypted once they get to our servers.

  21. Dajeil


    How do i set an away message ?

  22. ProtonMail Support

    Please contact us on or via the Report bug button if you experience any issues.

  23. Anonymous

    Hi guys, great mail client, but i can’t seem to find a way to set an automated out of office sort of reply?

  24. ProtonMail Support

    Thank you for your support! At this moment, we do not have auto-reply option. We are planning to implement this in the future.

  25. gigi belser

    How do I add Proton email account under my Mac mail file? When I attempt to add you as a server under Internet Accounts, Proton is not recognized as a server…( gather you are not a server).

  26. ProtonMail Support

    At this moment you can’t use ProtonMail with third party applications. We are working on enabling this in the future.

  27. m

    can we forward protonmail to another email account?

  28. ProtonMail Support

    At this time no because this is a spam risk.

  29. Tammy Eccles

    Can an email receiver from m?
    protonmail acct. forward a message from me to another person?/
    Ex. I send an invoice to a client and Can they send it to their manager????

  30. ProtonMail Support

    Once a recipient receives the message, they can do with it anything that is also possible with other email providers, except when sending password encrypted messages for non-ProtonMail users.

  31. Ingmar Pettersson

    can i forward my proton plus email to my outlook account?

  32. ProtonMail Support

    Automatic forwarding from ProtonMail is not possible at the moment.

  33. Lynette Johnson

    could someone please contact me at the email address: [hidden] to let me know I can speak with a human about several questions I have in terms of VPN, mail, etc

  34. ProtonMail Support

    Please contact the ProtonMail support team at and the ProtonVPN support team at

  35. William Canaday

    How did my son know how to decrypt my email to him? Both of us have PM accounts and neither of us has offered the other a public key.

  36. ProtonMail Support

    Messages between ProtonMail users are decrypted automatically, as the public keys are shared in the background through ProtonMail’s public key server. This is a feature specially designed to make sending and receiving end-to-end encrypted messages as user-friendly as possible.

  37. Mathew

    How I can integrate protonmail with Salesforce CRM?

  38. ProtonMail Support

    Unfortunately, this is not possible at the moment.

  39. Lindsay Sandford

    Hmmm how long does it take to get a question moderated? This doesn’t give me confidence as far as moving my domain to Proton – will I get the same service then too???

  40. ProtonMail Support

    Sorry, if you have any questions, you can contact our support team:

  41. nizouk

    Je cherche à recevoir les messages de mon nouveau compte Protonmail sur Thunderbird, comme pour mes autres comptes, et TB ne réussit pas à trouver tout seul les paramètres C’est bien de l’ IMAP (les autres sont en POP3 sauf un compte Gmail), est-ce le SMTP qui pose problème ?

  42. ProtonMail Support

    To add your ProtonMail account to Thunderbird, you need to use the ProtonMail Bridge as well to handle the encryption and decryption of your messages:
    Please note that the Bridge requires a paid account to use.

  43. nizouk

    Je ne réussis pas à configurer Thunderbird pour recevoir mon nouveau compte Protonmail. Je sais que c’est de l’IMAP et non du POP3, mais après ? TB me dit ne pas trouver les paramètres. Merci.

  44. Alex

    Is there any estimated time to auto-import mail from pop3/imap to the pm account?

  45. ProtonMail Support

    We have an Import/Export app that you can use to import your messages from other email providers.

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