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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    Hotmail: setting up new email rules

    From here on in, you'll need to configure these settings accordingly to ensure that messages sent to your old email address will be sent to your newly created folder where all your copied email messages are stored.

    In step 1, select To/cc address from the first drop-down menu, contains from the second and then in the third, type in your old email address.

    In step 2, select the drop-down menu that says Move to Inbox and choose the folder where your old email is stored.

    Once you've done this, hit Save. All incoming email from your old email address should now be delivered to this folder for easy organisation.

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    Gmail: setting up new email labels

    In this section, we can automatically move incoming old email messages to that specified folder in your new email account, or label it accordingly.

    In Gmail, simply click Create a filter next to the search bar.

    In this pop up area, in the To field simply type in the email address to your old email. Click Next Step when you are done.

    Note: if you are neither a user of Hotmail or Gmail, look through your mail options for something relating to Message forwarding, filters or rules for incoming messages.

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    Gmail: setting up new email labels

    Now you can label incoming email from your old email address to show you that it is sent to your old email address.

    Select the box saying Apply the label and select the folder you have created (and which stores your old email). You can apply this to all your old email too, by selecting the Also apply filter to messages below option.

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