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How to import emails to Gmail

If you’re making the switch to Gmail from another email provider or simply setting up a new Gmail address, you may be wondering how to import your old emails to your new Gmail account. The good news is that the process is relatively simple and straightforward.

Importing Emails From Another Provider

If you’re switching email providers, you can easily import your old emails and contacts into Gmail. You can also ensure that new emails will be forwarded to your Gmail account for one month, which will give you time to let your contacts know that you have changed your email address.

Here’s how to get started:

  1. Log into Gmail.
  2. Click on the gear on the top right corner of the page.
  3. Click on Accounts and Import.
  4. Select Import Mail and Contacts. If you don’t see this option, your school or work administrator may have disabled the option to import email.
  5. Fill in the required information for your old account. Select what you want to import.
  6. Click Start Import.

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Once you’ve selected Start Import, check back to make sure that the import has started. You may see a message that states your account requires an additional confirmation. If so, you’ll need to click Proceed and follow the directions to confirm your account.

Any new messages that are sent to your old email account will automatically be forwarded to Gmail for 30 days. All of your imported emails will be found in your inbox. Folders created on your old account can also be viewed by clicking on the arrow next to your old address.

Import Old Mails and Forward New Mails to Gmail

If you’d like to import old mail and forward new mail to Gmail, you can do so with ease. Gmail will import all messages, and then continue to forward new messages to your account. You have the option of adding up to five accounts.

In order for this option to work, your email provider must offer POP3 access. Please note that this option will not automatically import your contacts, so you’ll need to import them separately.

Importing From Another Gmail Account

To import old mails from another Gmail account:

  1. Log into the Gmail account you want to import emails from.
  2. Click the gear on the top right corner of the page.
  3. Click Settings.
  4. Click Forwarding and POP/IMAP.
  5. Find the POP Download section, and choose Enable POP for all mail.
  6. Find the menu labeled When messages are accessed with POP. Select what you would like to do with these messages. We recommend choosing to keep a copy of the mail in Gmail’s inbox.
  7. Click on Save Changes.


  1. Log into the Gmail account you want to import your mails to.
  2. Click the gear on the top right corner of the page.
  3. Choose Settings.
  4. Click Accounts and Import.
  5. Select Add a POP3 mail account.
  6. Enter the address of the account you want to import from.
  7. Click on Next Step.
  8. Enter in your password.
  9. Choose your desired settings.
  10. Click on Add Account.

Once set up, Gmail will automatically check your other accounts for new messages. Under the Accounts and Import tab, you’ll be able to see when your other account was last checked.

If you want to import mail from another provider, you will follow the same steps outlined above.

If you want to stop importing mail, simply return to the Accounts and Import section, and delete your account under the Check mail section.

Importing emails to Gmail is simple and straightforward. Just follow the steps above to not only import old mails, but forward new ones for 30 days.


*Featured Image – Credit Alexy Boldin

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