How to Import AOL Messages and Contacts Into Gmail

Try out Gmail by copying your AOL email and address book

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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. The copied messages all remain in your AOL account as well.

Import AOL Messages and Contacts Into Gmail

To import just about all your mail and your address book from AOL Mail into Gmail:

  • 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.
  • Click the Settings gear in Gmail.
  • Select Settings in the menu that comes up.
  • Select the Accounts and Import tab.
  • Click Import mail and contacts. If you have previously imported mail, click Import from another address.
  • Enter your AOL email address under What account do you want to import from?
  • Click Continue.
  • Enter your AOL Mail password under Enter the password for
  • Click Continue.
  • Make sure Import contacts and Import mail are checked.
  • To have messages you receive at your AOL account automatically copied to your Gmail inbox for a month, check Import new mail for next 30 days.
  • Optionally, check Add label to all imported mail.
    • A label lets you easily find all imported AOL Mail emails in one place. You can always remove the label from individual messages or delete it altogether. Imported contacts are not labeled in any way.
    • Messages imported from AOL Mail folders other than New Mail are automatically assigned a label derived from the folder name. All mail imported from your AOL Family folder will get the Family label, for example.
    • Messages in Drafts and Spam folders are not imported.
    • All messages and contacts are still available in AOL Mail after they have been imported into Gmail.
  • Click Start import.
  • Click OK.