Microsoft announced that it’s making the process of moving from Gmail to its Outlook.com an easier process. We took a look at how to add Gmail to Outlook.com over a year ago, Microsoft has revamped the process, making it more streamlined. Here’s a look at how the process has become much easier.
Import Gmail into Outlook.com
Create a new account or log in to your existing one and go to Inbox > Options > Import Email Accounts. Or to get there easily, just click this link to start up the import wizard.
If you’re new to Outlook.com and not familiar with the interface, here’s the step-by-step:
Click Settings (Gear Icon) and then More Mail Settings.
Then under the Managing Your Account section, click Import Email Accounts.
On the next screen click Google.
That will start the import wizard. Clicking on options will allow you to choose to import email into existing folders, or import mail in to new ones. The default setting should be fine for most people.
After clicking the Start button, you’ll need to authorize the online app to access your Google Account.
That’s it! You’ll get a message that Microsoft is importing the data from the Gmail account you’re currently logged in to.
Things to Keep in Mind When Importing Gmail to Outlook.com
Remember that the Gmail (messages and contacts) that’s imported to your Outlook.com account will be from the Google account you’re logged in to at the time. This can get a bit confusing is you have multiple Gmail accounts – especially a Google Apps business account.
You can check the progress of the importing from your Outlook.com inbox. Remember, if you have a ton of mail and contacts, it’s going to take a long time. If that is the case, you might want to set this up to run over the night or weekend.
One glaring omission is this tool lacks the ability to import Google Calendar events, hopefully that is something the team in Redmond is working on though.
You’ll also receive the following instructions on how to have all of your future Gmail forwarded to your Outlook.com account:
- Sign in to Gmail and Outlook.com in separate browser windows.
- Open Forwarding and POP/IMAP in Gmail settings by clicking here.
- Click Add a forwarding address and type in “firstname.lastname@example.org”.
- Click Next and proceed. Gmail will send a confirmation to your Outlook.com inbox.
- In your Outlook.com inbox, open the confirmation email. You’ll find the confirmation code.
- Go back to Gmail settings, enter the confirmation code and click Verify.
- Click Forward a copy of incoming mail to and choose “email@example.com”.
- Click Save Changes.