Check emails from other accounts

If you have multiple email accounts, you can check them in Gmail. You can choose from the following options:

  • Get all messages (old and new): Choose this option if you still use another email address, including another Gmail address. There might be a short delay in showing new messages.
  • Only get old messages: Choose this option if you've recently switched to Gmail from another provider.
  • Only forward new messages: Choose this if you want your new messages immediately.

Get all messages 

You can import both old and new messages from another email account. 

Note: You can only move messages, not folders or labels, from your other account.

Step 1: Change the settings in your other account

Yahoo, Outlook or other email service

Make sure that your other account has POP access. Then change your Gmail settings.

Another Gmail account

  1. On your computer, sign in to the Gmail account that you want to import from.
  2. In the top right, click Settings Settings and then Settings.
  3. Click on the Forwarding and POP/IMAP tab.
  4. In the 'POP Download' section, select Enable POP for all mail.
  5. Recommended: Next to 'When messages are accessed with POP', select keep Gmail's copy in the inbox.
  6. At the bottom, click Save Changes.

Step 2: Change your Gmail settings

  1. On your computer, sign in to the Gmail account that you want to import to.
  2. In the top right, click Settings Settings and then Settings.
  3. Click the Accounts and import tab.
  4. In the 'Check mail from other accounts' section, click Add a mail account.
  5. Type the email address of the other account, then click Next.
  6. Make a selection and click Next.
  7. Type your password.
  8. Recommended: Tick the boxes next to the options below:
    • 'Always use a secure connection (SSL) when retrieving email'
    • 'Label incoming messages'
    • Leave the other boxes unticked.
  9. Click Add Account.

'Server denied POP3 access'

  • If you use two-step verification: Enter a new app password.
  • If you're using a work or school account: In the 'POP Server' section, enter mail.domain.com, then select Port 110.
  • If you use Google MX records with your work or school account: In the 'POP Server' section, enter pop.gmail.com, then select Port 995.
  • If you still can't sign in, try turning on access to less secure apps. You might also need to turn off your security code or distorted text.

For other errors, learn how to troubleshoot problems with Mail Fetcher.

I'm seeing a different error

Click Show error details, then follow these tips:

  • If POP is disabled, go to the settings page of your other email account and look for a way to enable POP.
  • If POP is unavailable, your email provider might not support POP. Instead, follow the steps below to import old messages, then auto-forward new ones.

For other errors, learn how to troubleshoot problems with Mail Fetcher.

Get only old messages

If you've recently switched to Gmail, you can transfer your old emails from your other account.

  1. On your computer, open Gmail.
  2. In the top right, click Settings Settings and then Settings.
  3. Click the Accounts and import or Accounts tab.
  4. In the second section, click Import mail and contacts.
  5. Follow the steps on the screen.
  6. Click Start import.

To give you time to tell your friends about your new Gmail address, we'll forward messages sent to your other account for 30 days.

Stop importing emails

  1. On your computer, open the Gmail account that you've been importing to.
  2. In the top right, click Settings Settings and then Settings.
  3. Click the Accounts and import tab.
  4. In the 'Check mail from other accounts' section, click Delete next to the account that you want to stop getting emails from.

Note: If you're still getting emails, check whether automatic forwarding is set up in your other account, then perform a search on how to turn it off in your other account. If you want to delete emails that have already been imported, learn how to delete them. 

Forward only new messages

From another Gmail address: Set up automatic forwarding.

From Yahoo, Outlook or another email service: Search for how to automatically forward emails from that service.

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