How to migrate to Hotmail or Gmail

How to migrate to Hotmail or Gmail

Summary: At the end of a job, or after leaving university, your email may not automatically follow you on your next endeavour, but it is possible to ensure they are migrated to another provider.

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  • (Screenshot by Zack Whittaker/ZDNet US)

    Creating a new folder for your old email

    Once you have your old email and your new email address set up, you need a place to store it. This step is optional but it makes organisation easier.

    To create a new sub-folder for where your old email can remain, select the Folder tab and hit New folder. Find your new email address and highlight it — just as we have here in the screenshot. This will put it as a folder within your email inbox.

    However, if you would like your old email to be a sub-folder of your inbox, then highlight the Inbox field underneath your new email address. You can always move the folder afterwards for your inner-peace.

  • (Screenshot by Zack Whittaker/ZDNet US)

    Moving email from old to new

    This is the important bit. To transfer all of your email over — on fast internet connections — select all of your email (or click on one and press Ctrl + A), then right-click and select Move and then Copy to folder. Be sure to select the correct folder as to avoid confusion, which was created a few steps back.

    While you may be more comfortable in moving directly, in this method we simply copy the email (and we will delete them later), to make sure that if this isn't successful, you can try again and haven't lost all of your messages in the process).

  • (Screenshot by Zack Whittaker/ZDNet US)

    Moving email from old to new

    This process may take a few minutes to an hour or so, depending on your internet connection.

    Alternatively, you can copy over email messages one step at a time — which is particularly useful on slower internet connections. Simply highlight say a month of email and move them over in chunks. Repeat until all email messages have been moved over.

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