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Now Easier to Switch From Yahoo!, Hotmail to Gmail

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The Gmail team is making it easier for new users to import all of their old contacts and email addresses.

Moving from one service to another, be it Yahoo! Mail to Hotmail or Hotmail to Gmail, is a huge pain in the butt. The Gmail team today announce via the service’s official blog that Gmail can now migrate email and contacts from other email providers, including Yahoo!, Hotmail, AOL, as well as a whole bunch of others, like Netscape, Comcast and Verizon. Not only will Gmail's new Import tool bring all your mail and contacts with you, it also gives you the option to have all mail addressed to your old account forwarded to your Gmail.

I sort of wish this option had been available when I made the switch to Gmail. My old Hotmail account is still active because I use it when I’m signing up for forum, sites etc., that I don’t want to receive junk mail from but it would have been nice to move all of the emails I wanted to keep over.

The Gmail team has said that while this option is immediately available for all new accounts, they will be rolling it out to current users so if you, like me, want to move old emails over to your current Gmail account, watch out for the ‘Accounts & Import’ tab under settings. The Gmail staff warns it will be more than a few hours or days before everyone sees it but hey, if you’ve been managing without all your old contacts up until now, what’s a few more weeks?

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    gsacks , May 14, 2009 3:52 PM
    Nice. But it is a few months late for me. I already moved all of my stuff over from Comcast, one folder at a time, so I could keep it all sorted. Really, this wasn't that hard with gmail before. You just had to set up the old account as a pop account and have gmail set to retrieve it. Then go back into the old account and mark everything as new so gmail would pick it up. That didn't import the address book though.

    Now, if they would only make it easier to do a full back-up of my gmail to my own PC, I would be a really happy camper.
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    jrnyfan , May 14, 2009 3:59 PM
    I might have to give this a try. Hotmail sucks at forwarding emails to my BB Storm and so I setup a gmail account for all my important emails so that it would go immediately to my phone...msn ftl.
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    hellwig , May 14, 2009 4:02 PM
    Migrate everything to Gmail? If their servers didn't crash regularly we might be able to take them seriously as a webmail host. Unless they get some more stability, I'll just stick with Yahoo.
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    3p0ch , May 14, 2009 4:03 PM
    I'll just be happy to have my old contacts. I have just added them as needed to my gmail.
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    FlayerSlayer , May 14, 2009 4:25 PM
    Sadly, I have Vista. GMail crashes regularly in Firefox, Chrome, or IE7. It's getting to the point that I am tired of even opening my mail because it's just going to kill my browser again.
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    doomtomb , May 14, 2009 4:27 PM
    I've been using gmail for years and it is wonderful. I see other people's inboxes get full of spam. I think the only reason yahoo is still around is because people use it for mail and news. That's often the reason that friends give me. Hotmail is trash and always has been. That's the place you go to for a 5-min email.
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    fuser , May 14, 2009 4:43 PM
    Yahoo still has a much better web interface than gmail. I have both, but I'm keeping yahoo as my primary account.
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    frozenlead , May 14, 2009 4:58 PM
    hellwigMigrate everything to Gmail? If their servers didn't crash regularly we might be able to take them seriously as a webmail host. Unless they get some more stability, I'll just stick with Yahoo.

    I've never encountered a Gmail crash hindering me. Ever. I've been a gmail user since age...14? I think?
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    MountainFlip , May 14, 2009 5:07 PM
    Give me a way to export my gmail contacts to Sykpe and I will be happy.
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    puddleglum , May 14, 2009 5:42 PM
    FlayerSlayerSadly, I have Vista. GMail crashes regularly in Firefox, Chrome, or IE7. It's getting to the point that I am tired of even opening my mail because it's just going to kill my browser again.


    Hmmm. I wonder if Microsoft is doing this deliberately like they did with Windows running on top of DR-DOS? :o 
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    solymnar , May 14, 2009 6:09 PM
    FlayerSlayerSadly, I have Vista. GMail crashes regularly in Firefox, Chrome, or IE7. It's getting to the point that I am tired of even opening my mail because it's just going to kill my browser again.

    Odd...I'm running vista 64bit. Gmail runs peachy in IE, firefox. Don't use chrome. /shrug ?

    Cool OP announcement though. :) 
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    danimal_the_animal , May 14, 2009 6:23 PM
    cool...so this puts the nail in the coffin that it is currently unsafe.

    now that apple has all those commercials "claiming" that they dont get viruses ect. (total bullshit)

    now they have to put up or shutup
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    gamerjames , May 14, 2009 6:59 PM
    ^ Idiot.

    What news are you reading?

    Anyway, GMAIL has always worked great for me. I have used all of the different types of E-Mail (Browser based, of course) and I have to say GMAIL is the easiest to set-up and use.

    And also, it has never crashed my Browser, and I have been using it for years.
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    hellwig , May 14, 2009 7:26 PM
    frozenleadI've never encountered a Gmail crash hindering me. Ever. I've been a gmail user since age...14? I think?

    That's like saying just because your Ford Pinto never exploded after a rear-end collision, they must be safe. Wait, Gmail was around when you were age 14? Probably don't know what a Ford Pinto is. I'm not saying Gmail outtages affect everyone, but the mere fact that they have outtages is indicative of a problem.
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    Anonymous , May 15, 2009 2:42 AM
    USA has too much spam. They should charge these spambots $1 per send spam mail to the receiver, who in 99% of the mails annoys himself to death with these stupid hairgrowth/wheightloss/viagra mails!

    Spam seems clearly a English/Russian thing. Smaller countries with unique languages (like Dutch, Norwegian, Swedish, Finnish, ...) have less of that.
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    michaelahess , May 15, 2009 3:26 AM
    I have all three, as well as some others, all for different purposes. I must admit, I like hotmail the best. It works with outlook and my windows mobile phones flawlessly along with my home exchange server. Gmail imap is nice, but their folder structure is just cumbersome. I almost never log into hotmail via the web interface, it's just as bad as all the others. OWA is far better.
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    croc , May 15, 2009 4:00 AM
    gsacksNice. But it is a few months late for me. I already moved all of my stuff over from Comcast, one folder at a time, so I could keep it all sorted. Really, this wasn't that hard with gmail before. You just had to set up the old account as a pop account and have gmail set to retrieve it. Then go back into the old account and mark everything as new so gmail would pick it up. That didn't import the address book though.Now, if they would only make it easier to do a full back-up of my gmail to my own PC, I would be a really happy camper.


    I use Outlook. More for the calendar functions, but it also copies all of my gmail to my PC.
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    city_zen , May 16, 2009 8:36 AM
    Quote:
    My old Hotmail account is still active because I use it when I’m signing up for forum, sites etc., that I don’t want to receive junk mail from

    Jane! No need to do that! That's what Spamgourmet (and a number of other similar services) are for.
    I've been using Spamgourmet for 4 and a half years and couldn't be happier. So far they've prevented over six thousand spam e-mails from reaching my inbox :) 
    Best of all: it's 100% free and easy to set up.
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    mvip , June 6, 2009 8:43 PM
    That's great if you're moving from any of those. You might want to look into Yippiemove (http://www.yippiemove.com) though. They support a much greater number of providers and allow you to move both to and from Gmail.