How To Migrate From Gmail To

1386976936Tired of Google snooping around your email to serve you targeted ads based on what you’ve been sending? provides a compelling alternative, and with a new Gmail migration tool, you can easily switch over to Microsoft’s web mail service. Along with a host of useful features such as marking mail as read with one click and setting organizational rules, you also get a fresh new interface. With the integrated People app, you can also connect to your favorite social networks from your inbox. Tempted?

There are two parts to fully migrating from Gmail to – importing your existing mailbox and setting Gmail to forward all future messages to your Outlook account. Here’s an easy guide. 

Import messages from Gmail to

1. Sign in to your account. If you don’t already have one, create a free Outlook account via

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2. Tap the gear icon at the top right.

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3. Select More Mail Settings.

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4. Click Import Email Accounts under the Managing Your Account section.

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5. Hit Google to import your Gmail messages and contacts. 

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6. Click Start on the dialog banner that pops up.

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7. Sign in to your Google account.

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8. Grant Outlook access to your Gmail account by hitting Accept. Depending on the size of your inbox, be prepared to wait a few seconds before the next page loads.

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After this step, Microsoft begins to import information from your Google account, which can take some time. The good news is that you don’t have to sit around waiting for this process to be complete, since closing your browser and shutting down your computer will not affect the import. You can track the import progress by looking at the indicator on the top right of your Outlook inbox.

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Forward messages from Gmail to

1. Click the Gear icon in the top right of your Gmail inbox. 

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2. Hit Settings.

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3. Select the Forwarding And POP/IMAP tab.

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4. Click Add A Forwarding Address.

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5. Enter your email address, which you used or created in Step 1 of the Import section. Hit Next.


6. Confirm your forwarding address is correct, then click Proceed.

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7. Open the Gmail Forwarding Confirmation email in your Outlook inbox.

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8. Click the first link in the message. If that doesn’t work, you can also copy the verification code in the email and paste it in the verification field in your Gmail Forwarding settings. 

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And you’re all set! Now you can forget all about your Gmail account without having to worry that you’re missing messages.

Cherlynn Low
Cherlynn Low
Cherlynn joined the Laptopmag team in June 2013 and has since been writing about all things tech and digital with a focus on mobile and Internet software development. She also edits and reports occasionally on video. She graduated with a M.S. in Journalism (Broadcast) from Columbia University in May 2013 and has been designing personal websites since 2001.
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  1. LARRY Says:

    Hi thanks for this. it all makes sense except for the email forwarding. My account was setup with only a gmail address as the username (it looks like yours was too). So, there is no email address to forward to, since the gmail account is the only one associated with the outlook account.

    for example, according to your instructions, you would login to gmail (, and forward email to, which doesn’t make sense.


  2. Alise Says:

    So helpful!!! Thanks very much :D

  3. Roger Perks Says:

    I have rried this about 7 times and it fails every time. Is there any troubleshooting you could recommend please?

  4. Vu Says:

    Thank you so much!!! My dad’s Gmail filled up his Google Drive (15 GB). I can’t believe they count Gmail as part of Google Drive!!! Now they want him to pay to increase his storage. I spent hours trying to download and then delete emails. And then Google put a lock on the account because so much was deleted! Now I’m transferring his emails to an equivalent Outlook account. Good riddance!!! NO way am I paying for email

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