I use Apple Mail and have:

A) nearly 80,000 e-mails

B) 10 different POP and iMAP e-mail accounts

B) over 30 rules

Any tips or resources for getting all my e-mails, accounts and rules transferred into Gmail?

  • What if you go to Mailbox in the menubar and then "Export Mailbox..."?
    – Tortilla
    Jul 13, 2013 at 23:44
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    I don't think there is an easy way to transfer rules from Apple Mail to Gmail automatically, the systems are just too different for that. So you might get better answers by focussing on the transfer of mails (and maybe raising a second question for the rules stuff). Can I encourage you to modify your question accordingly?
    – nohillside
    Jul 17, 2013 at 12:32
  • Do you need Gmail to run all the rules or can the rules continue to run on OS X Mail.app?
    – bmike
    Jul 17, 2013 at 16:21

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For the pop3 email accounts (if you've left the mail on the server), have you tried going to Settings > Accounts > Check mail from other accounts (using POP3): Add a POP3 mail account you own?

When I migrated my mail a couple of years ago I set up gmail in the apple mail client using iMAP, and manually dragged things into gmail. A combination of that and adding the POP3 accounts took care of my needs, but I wasn't moving 80,000 emails :)

The post linked below looks like it would work, but it'd require some local server administration, not sure if you're up for that.


Obviously, if you went this route you'd have to find an alternative to the mail server since that's windows only

I have no research to back it up, but the rules you may have to be a manual process

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