Thursday, August 21, 2008

Import Outlook PST to Gmail Howto

I recently had to import some of my old emails I have in PST format to my Outlook and Gmail and this is how I did it.

What you need

Thunderbird or any mail client that suppot IMAP
Gmail account with IMAP enabled - go to gmail > settings > forwarding / POP IMAP click enable
Outlook version of your PST file
An internet connection

Steps

Step 1 - Setup Thunderbird to get mail and connect to your Gmail using IMAP - instructions here
Step 2 - Import the PST file to your Outlook
Step 3 - Go to Thunderbird and import mail from Outlook
Step 4 - You should now see your PST mails in your Thunderbird by now, you should have 2 Main folders one from your Outlook PST mail and one Gmail folder, all you have to do is drag and drop the mails folder you want to your Gmail folder in Thunderbird or copy and paste it then your Done.

12 comments:

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Anonymous said...

You are amazing!!

Anonymous said...

In the "What you need section" you left out "a current copy of Outlook"

Genius24k said...

Outlook version of your PST file <- I did mention that you need outlook version of your PST file.

Ben said...

Can't you just do it from outlook by adding an imap gmail account and doing said dragging in outlook?

Genius24k said...

I'm not sure if outlook allows you to use 2 email account at once, but you could try, from what I remember when I done this few years back it can't be done.

Anonymous said...

Yes, you can do it all from Outlook by connecting to your Gmail account from Outlook using IMAP. I have mine set up that way with multiple Gmail accounts.

That is also a much easier way to move multiple emails out of the Inbox and into another label/folder on your Gmail account.

Anonymous said...

how did you do it? I always end up mailbox full whenever I'll be out of the office even for one day... i need some other ways to store my old emails...

thanks in advance...

ks290875 said...

This works perfectly for the received mails. But for the sent mails it just messes up in the gmail. When I am uploading to my gmail, in my thunderbird view it shows the recipient perfectly but in the gmail/sent mail it shows the recipient as "To:Me". Is there a way around this?

APF said...

A late comment (you may deduce by the date). My Outlook pst was corrupt enough I couldn't export to csv. But I *could* install Tbird and import from Outlook.

Hadn't used Tbird since R2, and didn't realize its intelligence. I'll be able to use its IMAP abilities to shove things on up to gmail.

(This proves to be a lifesaver, since I'm working with an overheating HP that works for a half hour at a time before shutting down... Groan!)

Tomek said...

Hi, is there a way how to import mails to Thunderbird from Outlook portable? Using Outlook portable seems to be a problem because whem I try Import in Tools menu in Thunderbirs I get "There is no email program associated to perform the requested action" message, IMHO because the portable version is not in all registers.

Have you guys ever got in touch with that?
Thanks for any help

Anonymous said...

I have outlook pst file as a backup dont have a working copy of outlook. Is there any way to import pst files into directly into thunderbird (with attachments).

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