File this one under, “I can’t believe I didn’t think of it first“. I could kick myself this is so simple.
Here’s the tutorial from lifehaker:
From here on out, I’ll refer to you main Gmail account as Gmail 1 and your second as Gmail 2 (could it get more complicated?).
- Set up a filter in Gmail 1 that forwards messages to Gmail 2 that you want to send the auto-response to.
- Head over to Gmail 2 and go to the Accounts settings tab. You need to add your Gmail 1 address to your Gmail 2 account so that Gmail 2 can send messages as Gmail 1. Then set Gmail 1 as your default account in Gmail 2. This way all messages you send from Gmail 2 will still look like they’re coming from Gmail 1.
- Set up a Vacation responder in Gmail 2. Done!
Now when you receive a message from the sender you want to always auto-respond to, Gmail 1 will forward the message to Gmail 2, which will automatically send out your pre-defined response as though it’s coming straight from Gmail 1.
SEE!!! Its so simple. You set up a filter on one gmail account to autoforward emails to another account that has the vacation responder on with the message of your choice. I still can’t believe I didn’t think of this.
Good on Ya Lifehacker, you got one up on me.