Get Gmail features for your other email accounts
If you have a Yahoo, AOL, Outlook, Hotmail, or other non-Gmail account, you can use many of Gmail's features with that address.
To do this, you’ll need to link your account to Gmail. After you link your account, you’ll see all your messages in your Gmail inbox, plus these changes:
- Spam protection
- Better mail notifications on mobile
- Automatic email sorting based on type (Social, Updates, Promotions)
- Faster search, with advanced search operators
Link your address to Gmail
Note: Make sure you've already added another account from Yahoo, AOL, Outlook, Hotmail, or other service to read in Gmail.
- Open the Gmail app .
- In the top-left, touch the Menu .
- Scroll down and tap Settings.
- Tap the non-Gmail account you’d like to link.
- Tap Link account. If you don't see this link, try updating your Gmail app.
After you link your other address to Gmail, you’ll see those messages both in the Android Gmail app and on the web at mail.google.com. You’ll be able to read, reply to, and organize those messages just like you do in Gmail.
Unlink your address
- Open the Gmail app .
- In the top left, tap the Menu .
- Scroll down, then tap Settings.
- Tap the Gmail account you'd like to unlink from your other account.
- In the "Linked Account" section, tap Unlink.
After you unlink your other account from Gmail, you can choose to keep or delete existing copies of your other account's messages in your Gmail inbox.
- If you delete copies from Gmail, they’ll still be in the inbox of your other service (for example, Yahoo or Hotmail).
- If you keep copies in Gmail, they’ll stay in your Gmail account. However, if you move or delete them in Gmail, these actions won’t be reflected in your other account.
After you unlink your accounts, Gmail will stop showing you new messages from your other account.
Find emails from your other account in Gmail
Gmail might organize your messages differently from other email services.
Empty trash limit
Messages in your Trash won't necessarily be deleted according to Gmail's 30-day limit, but according to the "Empty trash" limit of your other mail service.
For example, if your other email service keeps a message in Trash for 60 days before permanently deleting it, you'll see the message in Gmail Trash for 60 days.
When you archive an email in Gmail, it’s stored in a new Archive folder in your other email service.
To find archived messages in your other account, check the Archive folder.
Labels and folders
When you add a label to a message, you'll see a folder with that label name in your other email account. For example, if you added a Work label to a message in Gmail, you can find the message in a folder called Work in your other email account.
If you add multiple labels to a message, you'll see multiple folders that each have a copy of the message.
Note: Don't add multiple labels to your messages if you have limited storage space in your non-Gmail account.
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