Gmail to Outlook Transfer – User’s Manual
Gmail to Outlook Transfer (click here to download) is a highly efficient specialized tool for transferring the contents of online Gmail folders and email to Microsoft Outlook. Designed and developed for users of all skill levels, from senior citizens to senior software engineers, the program is the ultimate shortcut between Gmail’s online email storage and a copy of Outlook installed on your PC. We have done our best to make the product as intuitive, straightforward and convenient as possible, and hope that you will appreciate the results of our efforts.
Below is a detailed usage instruction that will help you complete the migration routine in a few quick and simple steps. The program has a very self-explanatory interface and requires no special knowledge, skills or training of any sort. We used a bare minimum of control elements to ensure that even the most inexperienced users make it through the entire process with a minimum of hassles and worries.
The Gmail to Outlook email conversion process consists of two stages: data extraction and data conversion. Before you proceed, check that you have enough disk space on your hard drive to download and unpack the Gmail email archive (which may be quite big) and that Microsoft Outlook is installed on your computer.
Step 1 – Gmail Data extraction
Prior to starting the actual email conversion process, you need to extract and download your data from Gmail account to your computer. To make things easier, Google has developed a special tool called Google Takeout, which enables users to download their data from a number of Google’s services in the form of a compressed ZIP file. Here is what you need to do to get your data:
- To access Takeout, go to https://takeout.google.com/settings/takeout. You will see a long list of services that you can export data from, but you are only interested in your mail. Click the “Select none” button above the list to deselect all services and then scroll down to find and enable the Mail import option. Please note that you must be logged in the necessary Google account to use Takeout.
- Click “Next” to proceed to the next step. Here you can select an alternative output file format (ZIP is used by default) and the preferred delivery method (download link sent to your email or the resulting file saved to your Google Drive).
- Click “Create archive” to start data extraction. Please note that depending on the number of emails being extracted and their size, among other factors, this process may take as long as several hours. Once done, the Takeout service will save the contents of your mailboxes to an MBOX file ready for further processing and compressed into a ZIP archive for ease of downloading.
- If you selected the download link option, you will shortly receive an email containing a link to the generated ZIP archive. If you chose to have the file uploaded to your Google Drive, you will find it there after the service completes data extraction.
Once you have your email archive, you need to download and unpack it to a folder on your hard drive. You are now ready to start converting your data using Gmail to Outlook Transfer.
Step 2 – Email conversion
Now that you have successfully extracted and downloaded your emails, you can proceed to data conversion. Note that email conversion will not work if Outlook is not installed on your system, since some of its components are used by the program for saving data.
Start Gmail to Outlook Transfer. First, take a look at the main menu. Two of its sections – Options and Mode – contain options and settings that directly affect the conversion process. The Options menu consists of the following items:
- Check that email client is running – if this option is enabled, the program checks if Outlook is running and asks the user to close it to prevent possible data access conflicts.
- Remind to disable antivirus – if you uncheck this option, the program will no longer warn you that all anti-virus tools must be disabled during data conversion, since they may affect the result or make conversion impossible altogether.
- Use internal format processor – enabling this option will instruct the program to use a proprietary mailbox data file parser that often may produce better results than the standard one (available after contacting the support service).
- Prompt to select the Outlook profile – enable this option if you want to be able to select the MS Outlook profile that your data will be saved to.
- Target Outlook folder [Prompt to select the Outlook folder; Inbox] – defines the destination folder for converted emails. Can be set manually every time or be set to Inbox automatically for all converted folders and emails.
The Mode menu contains only two options and lets you specify where exactly your files should be saved to – either directly to Outlook (Import to Outlook) or a standalone PST file (Save to PST file).
If you chose the former (saving to Outlook), here is what you need to do:
- Select the source folder by clicking the “…” (Browse) button. This will open the standard folder selection dialog. Select the folder containing the MBOX file(s) you imported from Gmail and click OK
- Click the “Find Storages” button. The program will search for MBOX storage file(s) in the selected folder and show them in the list below.
- Select the imported MBOX file and click the “Save PST” or “Import” button. The program will ask you to temporarily disable your anti-virus software to avoid potential problems. Click OK to accept and move forward. You may also see an MS Office configuration selection window at this time. Just leave the setting unchanged and click OK.
- The program will open a folder selection dialog that will let you specify the destination Outlook folder for your data. Select an existing one or create a new one using a corresponding button, then click OK to start the import process.
- Watch the program save your emails to the selected folder.
If you chose to save data to a standalone PST file, you will only need to specify the name of the file on step 3. The rest of the necessary actions are essentially the same.
Gmail to Outlook Transfer is a fast, reliable and highly intuitive tool for anyone looking for a way to convert an online mail archive to Microsoft Outlook. The software supports all major versions of MS Outlook, including 32-bit and 64-bit editions, and comes with a free demo version that limits the number of items imported per session.