The option to import mail and contacts from other email accounts into a newly created Gmail account was enabled a few month ago.
Long time Gmail users on the other hand were not able to use the email import option back then.
Google today enabled the email and contact import feature for all Gmail accounts so that email and contact data can be imported from third-party services.
Gmail users who want to import emails and contacts from other webmail and pop3 email services can do so by clicking on the cogwheel icon in the top right corner of the Gmail interface, and selecting Settings from the context menu that opens up after signing in.
This will open the general settings window. A click on the Accounts and Import tab displays an Import Mails and Contacts link. A click on the link starts the process. Google highlights that you can import data from most webmail providers and alternatively using the Pop3 protocol if that is supported by a provider or service that is not supported natively.
Import from Yahoo!, Hotmail, AOL, or other webmail or POP3 accounts.
Gmail asks for the email address and password of the account that you want to import data from.
Once you have entered the data a connection is established to the service. You are informed about issues that may arise, for instance if the password is not accepted or the account is not known.
The following email providers are supported by Gmail:
The import of the data usually takes about a week. It does depend largely on the number of emails and contacts of the other email account.
The import mail and contacts setting displays whether the import has started. There you may also see if the import requires additional confirmation which you can give by clicking on proceed.
Please note that the list of providers is updated regularly by Google to take new providers or service changes into account.
Additional information about the importing process are available on Google Support.
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