How to Switch From Gmail to Outlook By Importing Messages and Attachments

There may be many reasons for which you want to switch from Gmail to Outlook.Com (read Gmail vs Outlook). Switching from one email provider to another was never an easy task. The most hectic job is importing the emails and attachments to the new email account.
But Outlook.Com has made it easy. You can import your Gmail messages and the attachments into your Outlook account by enabling the POP3 service at Gmail. You can even set your Gmail account to auto-forward all new emails to Outlook.
Here is the complete guide which helps you to switch from Gmail to Outlook.com without losing your old emails and attachments.

How to Import Gmail Messages and Attachments into Outlook.Com

As I said before, you can import all your old messages and attachments from Gmail into Outlook by enabling the POP3. So, the first thing that you need to do is:

  • Sign into your Gmail account and open the ‘Settings’ section
  • Head to the ‘Forwarding and POP/IMAP’ tab and enable the POP for all mail.

After enabling the POP in your Gmail account, sign into your Outlook account and follow the steps below.
Step 1. Click on the gear icon and select ‘Options’ in Outlook inbox.
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Step 2. The ‘Options’ page contains several options to customize and setup your mail account. Click ‘Import email accounts’ from the ‘Managing your account’ list.
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Step 3. Now, select ‘Google’ as you are going to import the messages from your Gmail account and click the ‘Start’ button. This will require the permission from your Gmail account. Just grant the permission if you are already signed into your Gmail account from the same browser. Otherwise, sign-in and grant the permission to access your Gmail account.
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You are done! Outlook will import all your existing messages and attachments into it.
Once completed, you can decide to remove the emails from your Gmail account or let them stay there as they were.
You can also setup an email forwarding at your Gmail account so that any new email which arrives at your Google account can be read from your Outlook inbox.

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