Gmail Now Consumes Other Mail

Do you have an old account with yahoo or hotmail, but want to move to gmail. Maybe you use both but want to merge and purge? Wait no longer. Gmail introduced a new feature today that allows you to import mail, contacts, etc (baggage) from other mail accounts into gmail. You can even label the import for findability. Rock on!

Here's the list of email providers they current support for import.

Now, here's how to perform the import. Google says that this feature is limited to a number of Gmail users, so you'll need to open to hood to find out if it's available for you.

If you're switching to Gmail from another email provider, importing contacts and messages from your old email account can help you make the transition without having to do a bunch of housekeeping.

To get started, follow the steps below. Before you dive in here, keep in mind that you'll need to have access to that email account for this process to work:

1. Click the Settings link.

2. Under the Accounts and Import tab, click the Import mail and contacts button.

3. In the new window that opens, enter the email address of the account you'd like to import contacts from. Click Continue.

4. Enter the password for your other email account and click Continue.

5. Select all the checkboxes that apply:

If you choose to import contacts, the information in your contacts list in your old account will be imported to your Contacts section in Gmail.

If you select the Import mail checkbox, your existing messages in that account will be imported to your Gmail inbox.

If you want, you can also select the Import new mail checkbox so that messages sent to your old account for the next 30 days will be imported to your Gmail account.

These messages won't appear in Gmail immediately once they're sent to your other account, but should update within a day or two.

Finally, you can automatically apply a label to your imported messages to indicate that those were sent to your other account.

6. Click Start Import. The import will continue if you leave the Settings page or sign out of Gmail.

7. Your contacts and/or messages will be imported. It may take 24-48 hours before you see your imported messages, so don't worry if they're not there as soon as you click OK. You can check the status of your import by clicking the Accounts and Imports tab on the Settings page. Once the import is complete, you'll see a confirmation message at the top of your inbox.

That's it! Happy Importing!