How to Import AOL Messages and Contacts Into Gmail

Try out Gmail by copying your AOL email and address book

You can put a Gmail plug-in into AOL Mail and preview your inbox there, but what about the other direction? No problem. You can switch from AOL Mail to Gmail and take your messages, folders, and contacts with you.

Fortunately, it's easy to copy all your archived and inbox messages into Gmail from AOL Mail. You can also migrate your address book.

Import AOL Messages and Contacts Into Gmail

You can import just about all your mail and your address book from AOL Mail into Gmail. The copied messages all remain in your AOL account as well.

It may take several hours or up to two days before you start to see imported messages.

  1. Copy all messages you want to import from your AOL Mail Sent Mail and Spam folders to a folder named AOL Mail Saved Mail or another custom folder. Messages in Drafts and Spam folders are not imported.

  2. Log into your Gmail account.

  3. Select the Settings gear in Gmail.

    Gmail inbox screen with Settings gear icon highlighted
  4. Select See all Settings.

    Gmail Settings with See all Settings highlighted
  5. Select the Accounts and Import tab.

    Gmail settings with Accounts and Import tab highlighted
  6. Select Import mail and contacts. The Import dialog box will open.

    Gmail settings with Import Mail and Contacts highlighted
  7. Enter your AOL email address and select Continue.

    Gmail import screen with the account entry field highlighted
  8. Enter your AOL Mail password and select Continue.

    Aol password importation box highlighted
  9. Make sure Import contacts and Import mail are selected. To have messages you receive at your AOL account automatically copied to your Gmail inbox for a month, select Import new mail for next 30 days.

    Import contacts and mail options in Gmail highlighted
  10. Chose Start import and then select OK when the import is is complete.

All messages and contacts are still available in AOL Mail after they have been imported into Gmail.

How to Stop Importing AOL Mail into Gmail

If you decide you no longer want to import new messages from AOL Mail into Gmail, you can stop importing emails.

  1. Log into your Gmail account.

  2. Select the Settings gear in Gmail.

    Gmail inbox screen with settings annotated
  3. Select See all settings.

    Gmail settings with See all settings highlighted
  4. Select the Accounts and Import tab.

    Gmail settings with Import Mail and Contacts highlighted
  5. In the Import Mail and Contacts section, select Stop or Delete next to the account you want to stop getting emails from.

    Gmail import settings with the Stop command highlighted
  6. Select OK to confirm that you want to stop importing emails into your Gmail account. The email address will be removed immediately.

Was this page helpful?