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July 28, 2010 9:43 AM Subscribe
What is the easiest and best way to back up my Gmail account and import the old mail into a Gmail account?
posted by bristolcat to computers & internet (10 answers total) 11 users marked this as a favorite
I got married two years ago and changed my name. This meant my email changed as well. It's been two years but I still can't break free from my dependence on the old email address. Right now I'm using the old email address while forwarding the new email address to it. What I'd like to do is reverse that - use the new one as my main account and forward the old one to it.
The problem? I have years and years of mail saved in the original email address that is very important to me. We're talking lots of email...5314 MB of mail. Approximately 638450 conversations.
So how do I download all that email, back it up for safekeeping and then add it to my new account? It's important to me to have all of the emails in the new Gmail account. I use it as a collection of data that I search regularly, using Gmail's robust email searching tools.
I used labels, albeit sparingly. It would be extremely helpful if those would transfer over, too.
The new account is currently empty. I occasionally go in and delete emails that would be redundant to the original account.
So what are my options? I found a similar question from 2008 on here, but it didn't exactly answer my special snowflake needs.
Thanks in advance for your help!