Copy one folder in Gmail to different Gmail accounts

Posted on 2013-01-04
Last Modified: 2014-11-12

What is the easiest and quickest way to copy one folder that I created in Gmail full of emails to another Gmail account?

I am using Google Apps but I assume it will be the same process.

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IMAP is the easiest thing to do.

Using Thunderbird, login to both Gmail accounts using IMAP:

From there you can copy the folder from one account to the other. Make sure you COPY and not MOVE because if anything messes up you don't want to lose the messages permanently. You can do this by right-click-dragging the folder from the one account to the other.

You can also use Outlook but I find it's pretty flaky especially with big folders, it tends to just fail midway through.

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Thanks for your reply,

Yeah, there is a lot of email with large attachments in the folder I will be copying.
Is Thunderbird the best one to use? Will it just show a busy/spinning cursor or will it show a progress bar so I know if it's doing nothing, how far along it is and how long is left?

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It does show a progress bar with a message count. It won't give you an estimate for remaining time but it does a better job than Outlook. They both hang and show a spinning cursor while they work, though.

IMHO Thunderbird is the tool for the job.

There is a good chance that it will fail midway through. When that happens, restart the process but select only the portion of messages that haven't yet been transferred. You should do it one folder at a time if possible. It's a bit messy but it does work.

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