Easily Import Your Yahoo Emails to Gmail: A Step-by-Step Guide

A Guide on Importing Yahoo Emails into Gmail
When it comes to email providers, Gmail dominates the consumer scene, while Outlook takes the lead in the business and enterprise sector. Other providers like Yahoo, AOL, and iCloud fall short in comparison, offering a less-than-optimal user experience with frequent ads, unnecessary add-ons, and outdated features. For those looking to switch from Yahoo to Gmail without losing their existing emails, the process is simple. Gmail supports seamless import of emails and contacts from all popular email providers, including Yahoo, Outlook, AOL, and iCloud. Let’s explore how you can transfer your Yahoo emails to Gmail effortlessly.

Step 1: Importing Yahoo Emails to Gmail

To begin, you’ll need to perform the import process using the Gmail web version. Unfortunately, this cannot be done through the Gmail mobile apps. Follow the steps below:

1. Visit Gmail on the web and sign in with your Google account details.
2. Click the Settings gear located in the top-right corner and select “Settings” from the menu.

3. In the top menu, choose “Accounts and Import” and click on “Import from another address.”

4. Sign in to your Yahoo email address.

5. After signing in, click “Continue.”
6. Select your Yahoo account.

7. Enter your password when prompted.

8. Grant the necessary permissions to enable the service to access your Yahoo profile, contacts, and email. Authentication is successful, so close the current window.

9. A new window will open displaying relevant import options. You can choose to import emails, contacts, and continue importing new emails for the next 30 days. It is recommended to import emails for the next 30 days, giving you ample time to inform your contacts, customers, employees, and clients about your new Gmail address. Click “Start import.” The transfer process can take several hours, and in some cases, up to 48 hours before imported messages start appearing in Gmail.

10. Once the import is complete, check your imported contacts in the Google Contacts web version. Please note that this method only moves messages, not folders or labels, from your Yahoo account. You will need to reorganize them in Gmail.

Managing Yahoo Emails in Gmail:

After completing the Yahoo email import process, Gmail will create a dedicated label to distinguish all the imported emails. To access your imported Yahoo emails, expand the “Labels” menu on the sidebar and select your inbox. Keep in mind that the imported Yahoo emails will count towards your free Gmail storage. Google offers 15GB of shared storage among Google Photos, Drive files, and Gmail emails. If your Yahoo inbox contains a large number of emails, considering a Google One plan or freeing up space may be necessary.

How to Download Yahoo Emails:

If you wish to have offline copies of your Yahoo emails, you can easily save them onto an external drive. Here’s how:

1. Open Gmail and select your Yahoo email label from the sidebar.
2. Choose the email you want to download and click the three-dot menu.
3. Select “Download message.” Gmail will download the email in the .EML format. Repeat the process for all your important emails, creating an offline copy on a hard drive. Rest assured, your emails will be secure and protected against cyber-attacks.

Stop Receiving New Yahoo Emails in Gmail:

Gmail will continue importing your Yahoo emails for 30 days. If you no longer want to receive new Yahoo emails in your Gmail inbox, follow these steps:

1. Go to Gmail settings on the web.
2. Navigate to “Accounts and Import.”
3. Click “Stop” next to your Yahoo email address.
4. Confirm your choice in the pop-up menu. Gmail will remove your Yahoo email address from the synced accounts. However, it will not delete any existing imported emails.

While migrating from Yahoo to Gmail is a prudent move, it is important not to leave behind crucial Yahoo emails. Although you cannot selectively transfer emails, this guide provides a hassle-free way to import all your Yahoo emails and contacts to Gmail. By following these simple steps, you can seamlessly transition to the improved Gmail experience, leaving outdated email providers in the dust. Safely store your emails, manage them easily, and enjoy the innovative features offered by Gmail.

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