Import Your Email Messages and Contacts Into Gmail

If you have an email address that is a Hotmail account, or a Windows Live email account, your email has finally been incorporated into, Microsoft's web-based email system. If you also have a Gmail account and want to migrate your email account to Gmail, Google makes this process easy.

Import Your Messages and Contacts Into Gmail

Before you start the import process, prepare your account by copying any messages you want to keep from your Deleted and Junk folders into your Inbox (you may not have any messages you want to keep that are in these folders—after all, these are folders where you usually just have emails you want to get rid of and do not need—but just in case). 

To migrate your messages, folders, and address book contacts to Gmail, follow these steps:

  1. In your Gmail account page, select the Settings button in the upper right of the page (it looks like a gear icon).

  2. At the top of the Settings page, select the Accounts and Import tab.

  3. In the Import mail and contacts section, select Import mail and contacts.

    If you have previously imported, select Import from another address.

  4. A window will open and ask you What account do you want to import from? Type your email address.

  5. Select Continue.

  6. Another window will open prompting you to log into your account. Enter your account password and select the Sign in button. If successful, the window will ask you to close the window to continue.

  7. In the window labeled Step 2: Import options, select the options you want. These are:

    • Import contacts.
    • Import mail.
    • Import new mail for next 30 days — messages you receive at your address automatically will be automatically sent to your Gmail inbox for a month.
  8. Select Start import and then click OK

The import process will run without further assistance from you. You can resume working in your Gmail account, or you can log out of your Gmail account; the import process will continue behind the scenes regardless of whether you have your Gmail account open.

The import process can take a while, even a couple of days, depending on how many emails and contacts you are importing.