Migrating Mails from Outlook to Google Mail

I never thought I would actually want to migrate from Outlook to Google Mail with my whole stored mail data.

But with my internship abroad coming up and my inability to take my desktop pc with me I realized I need to be able to access my old mails (and sadly I don’t have Outlook on my laptop until now)

So solution is to simply move to Google.

I changed some of my subscriptions to get the mails to Google but I realized I had many old mails I had to migrate as well.

After asking my best friend (a.k.a. Google Search) I found several ways to migrate data from Outlook. One guy (?) used several IMAP accounts (??????) or using some software from Google. I found the idea great but I thought it was pretty much overkill to install a software just for some emails (it probably works well for really large amounts of data).

But IMAP brought me the idea to just use my Google Account and get on with it.

What to do:

I originally used POP3 for that particular account and not IMAP it just wasn’t necessary for me to use IMAP.

So I configured Outlook to access the Google Mail Account (onwards “the Account”) via IMAP.

I also opened the Account in my browser. And thought about my folder structure a little bit.

I choose two ways for migrating my mails:

1. Folder to Folder

I created some labels in the Account similar to some of my folders in Outlook (and I changed it around a little bit as well).

Now when Outlook updated the Account labels will be displayed as folders… I just moved the mails I wanted to keep from one folder to another and the mails are in the Account already assigned with the appropriate label.

2. Folder to Inbox

Same as above but I used it to also clean up my folder structure and delete unneeded mails.

I also applied filters in the Account and my mails are now sorting themselves as they did in Outlook.

Tip: don’t select to many mails when you move – Outlook will take some time (or crashes…) I know why the others didn’t use this idea…


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