How to copy personal folders from Outlook into Gmail

Note: Recommend to backup Outlook data before doing the following steps.

In Outlook, click on the File Menu, select Import/Export, then select Export the data to a file (.pst format). A set of dialog boxes will outline the process. Backup all the data by selecting the main folder and then check the box for including subfolders.


Step One: Enable Gmail IMAP

    • Check to see if your Gmail account is setup with IMAP enabled.
    • In the upper right-hand corner of your Gmail account, click on the Settings link.
    • Then click on the tab called, "Forwarding and POP/IMAP"
    • Under IMAP Access, check to see if IMAP is enabled, if not click on "Enable IMAP"
    • Click the "Save Changes" button to activate.
    • Step One: Enable Gmail IMAP



  • Step Two: Set up IMAP Access in Outlook (for Outlook 2007)
        • Open up your Outlook email account.
        • Create a new Outlook Account.  Set the Views in the new Outlook Account to show Folder View.
        • Copy your existing Outlook personal folders into your Gmail account.

        • Depending on the amount of personal folders and stored emails, this process may take up to a half an hour.
        • When complete, your personal folders should be in your Gmail account.
        • Close Outlook and Gmail.  Reopen Gmail to view personal folders.