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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    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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    Exchange: deleting old email for good

    Deleting email in Gmail is easy. I cannot say the same thing about Exchange support email, like Live@edu or Office 365.

    You seem to need to do it in stages, as the web client can only handle so many email messages at a time. Because Live@edu and Office 365 data is on Exchange, it doesn't delete it straight away. It holds it so you can recover it if necessary.

    Select as many email messages as you can (your email client will warn you when you have reached the limit), and right-click and then hit Delete.

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