Help exporting from Mail to Gmail!?

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  1. james*b macrumors regular

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    Hi

    What is the simplest way of copying files stored on a Mac in "Mail" to a Gmail account?

    I have a lot of files and a lot of folders, and would like to be able to do this without having to right click "Copy to" 50-plus times! Is there a more efficient solution - and hopefully one that will retain my folder structure as well?

    Many thanks,

    James
     
  2. MacTribe macrumors member

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    How many emails do you have to transfer roughly in total including sent, deleted, inbox etc?

    Are you using google apps or just a standard @gmail.com account?
     
  3. james*b thread starter macrumors regular

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    There are maybe 8,000 emails in total.

    I need to transfer them to a standard @gmail.com account.

    Thanks..
     
  4. james*b thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thanks but this only seems to work ith Google Apps mail - is that right?

    I would rather use gmail.com if there is a way..
     
  5. MacTribe macrumors member

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    Google apps would be the easiest solution, but I've done some googling for you:

    Here is one solution

    Here is another maybe easier solution

    NB! Make sure you have a recent, working backup before you begin! The potential for a nightmare when moving email is HUGE!

    Good luck and may the force be with you. Let us know how you get on, this thread may help millions of future gmail movers.

    :)
     
  6. james*b thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thanks - that has filled me with confidence ;)

    So what is the best way of backing up the emails before I start experimenting - should I just run time machine or is there a way of exporting settings and data etc from within Mail?
     
  7. MooneyFlyer macrumors 65816

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    TM will do what you want or you can copy ~/Library/Mail to a safe place.

    Another idea for your export. What if you added your gmail account to Mail as a second account and copied everything you wanted into the gmail inbox. This would, I believe, sync everything to the gmail inbox.

    I just did a simple test in Mail from my work account to my personal gmail account and it worked. All I did is copy one email from Inbox1 to Inbox2, sync'd, and then made sure it was on gmail.com. To copy instead of move I used a keyboard modifier -- I believe it was command but my command is remapped to control (so it maybe control. you will see a +)
     
  8. MacTribe macrumors member

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    I've tried this before, the only issue is the 8000 emails. Apple Mail fails when it comes to pushing a lot up the pipe.. :) 1 mail at a time works fine..
     
  9. MooneyFlyer macrumors 65816

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    ^ I don't doubt it. I don't have a reasonable connection today so I cannot give the various limits a try to see what would fly.
     

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