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Backup or archive all MIT email to Gmail

IS&T can only provide limited support for this method
Please note that IS&T does not support Gmail, cannot guarantee that these instructions will work, and may not be able to answer questions about the instructions.

IMAP copy

If you have your own Windows or Mac computer, you can use a mail program, to connect to both your MIT mail and to Gmail. Then you can simply open one of your MIT folders, and directly copy its messages across to a GMail folder.

The basic steps are:

  1. Set up your mail program to connect to your MIT Exchange inbox using the IMAP protocol by following the instructions on this page.
  2. Set up your mail program to connect to Gmail.
    For instructions on configuring a desktop mail program to read your Gmail mail via IMAP, see: (Which is from Gmail Help -> IMAP )
  3. Drag-and-drop messages from your MIT folders to your Gmail folders.

We've heard some reports that Gmail puts limits on message transfers, so we recommend copying only a few hundred at a time, checking after each batch to verify that the copy worked.

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Last Modified:

January 23, 2019

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