GoDaddy EMail Forwarding Shuts Off – Migrating Catchall Email Addresses

I have a domain that I used for email almost 20 years ago. I don’t use it for (important!) email anymore, nor really for any other purpose, but I do occasionally check the email account attached to the domain every week or so in case something important gets sent through. Most of the time it’s nothing more than a few hundred messages from various listservs I’ve been on for a long time.

So you can imagine my surprise when I logged onto the email account and saw zero new messages – very unusual since those listservs have a lot of daily traffic. After some Googling, I found that GoDaddy’s catch all email forwarders apparently no longer work. Here’s an example post from Reddit on the situation: .

What really annoys me is that the email forwarding is silently broken – there’s no rejection email or anything. I tried to send some emails to my email-forwarded domain and none of them went through, nor were they rejected. Again, here’s a Reddit post documenting this: .

I tried searching my email archives to see if there was any warning email catchalls would be turned off – I didn’t see anything, and this Reddit post confirms that nobody else received a warning either: .

I’m pretty disappointed in how email forwarding from GoDaddy was shut down. Free email forwarding has been basically free with domain registration for a long time with any decent registrar.

Anyway to fix this, I’ve been rerouting a bunch of domains to map to my Google Apps account as alias domains, then mapping the catchall address in Gmail Routing to map to my main account as in the picture below.

Once again, Google to the rescue, but I am seriously annoyed at having to work around GoDaddy issues. The fact that they gave zero warning of this change is concerning to say the least.