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Got yourself a new Gmail account? This doesn’t have to mean letting go of all your valuable old emails. Of course, you could always keep both accounts alive and go looking for emails in the older account when necessary. Or you could transfer everything to your new account and forget about the older one!

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This process is simpler than it seems. You need to know the right steps. Since figuring out the procedure on your own is no easy feat, we are here to help you through the journey. Let’s get those emails to your new account!


Prepare your old account

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First, we need to set up your older account and get it ready for migration. This is done using POP (Post Office Protocol) settings.

  1. Log into your old Gmail account using a browser.
  2. Click on the gear icon.
  3. Select See all settings.
  4. Go to the Forwarding and POP/IMAP tab.
  5. Under POP Download, select Enable POP for all mail.
  6. Go to the second part of the same section, which reads: “When messages are accessed with POP”.
  7. Hit the drop-down menu and select what you want to happen to the emails in the old Gmail once the new account fetches them. Copies can be left alone, marked as read, archived, or deleted.
  8. Click on Save changes.
  9. Sign out of the old Gmail account.

Also: Common Gmail issues and how to fix them


Fetch emails with the new Gmail account

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Now you need to go to your new account and tell it to bring all the old email from your other Gmail account.

  1. Log into your new Gmail account.
  2. Hit the gear icon.
  3. Select See all settings.
  4. Go to the Accounts and import tab.
  5. Go to the Check mail from other accounts section.
  6. Select Add a mail account.
  7. Enter your old Gmail account and hit Next.
  8. Select Import emails from my other account (POP3) and hit Next.
  9. Check the username is correct and enter the password for the old Gmail account.
  10. Under ‘POP Server’, select pop.gmail.com.
  11. Select port 995.
  12. Uncheck Leave a copy of retrieved messages on the server.
  13. Check Always use a secure connection (SSL) when retrieving mail.
  14. Click on Add account.
  15. Where it says Would you also like to be able to send mail as _____@gmail.com? you can choose what your preference is. We advise that you give yourself the option to do this, just in case you want to reply to older emails with the older Gmail account.
  16. If you chose yes, follow instructions to set everything up. If not, you are done!

Your new account will go ahead and periodically retrieve all emails from your old Gmail account. This may take a while, so be patient.

More: How to block emails on Gmail


How to stop importing

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Got all the emails you need? It’s always nice to leave this configuration on to make sure you catch all new emails that come to your old account. Not everyone wants this, though, and playing around with the settings in the future may cause duplicates.

  1. Log into your new Gmail account.
  2. Hit the gear icon.
  3. Select See all settings.
  4. Go to the Accounts and import tab.
  5. Go to Check mail from other accounts.
  6. Hit the delete button.
  7. Select OK, and you are done.

Want to get rid of the old account?: How to delete your Gmail or Google account