GoDaddy to Gmail We onboarded a client that had used GoDaddy for their email for the previous three years. We moved him over to Google’s GSuite since we support it. The process of finding out how to import his 10,000 old emails was extremely painful.
Importing Email from GoDaddy to Gmail
I attempted every Google tutorial I can find, but nothing helped because his old and new emails were similar. For this example, let’s call it “firstname.lastname@example.org.”
I finally found a solution after 15 days of trying different things.
Start with Send Messages
If you want all of your sent messages (and conversations) moved to your Google Apps email sent folder, follow these instructions:
- Log in to your Go Daddy web-mail account.
- Go to your Sent folder.
- Select to show 400/page.
- Select all on the page.
- Choose move to InBox.
This is a step that I was a little hesitant to take, but it truly works. Google’s Mail Fetcher just collects messages from the InBox, but on the other end, Google classifies them into the proper folders.
Set up Account and Import
- Sign into the new Google GSuite email (or gmail), then
- On the right side, click Settings, which is the cog wheel.
- Choose Accounts and Import from the drop-down menu.
- Second down, click Import mail and contacts; then click the blue icon “Import mail and contacts.”
- You will be asked to sign in to your other email account by Google’s email system.
The trick is to refuse to enter email@example.com; the system will just go around in circles because that is the email address you already have in GSuite.
Instead, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or any other address you choose.
Setting up the Pop Info
On the next screen you want to enter the correct information:
- POP Username: your REAL username name@.yourcompany.com
- POP Server: pop.secureserver.net Port 110
- You can tick all the boxes on the following screen. Ours were branded “Imported” and a copy of the mails was left on GoDaddy’s server.
Now Google Does its Work
You’ll are seeing a pop-up stating it might take up to 48 hours and that you can dismiss the window and log out of your email, so you can go around your happy day and let Google take care of the rest.
(15 consecutive days!!) It’s now informing me that I don’t need to keep the window open. I wish I’d known about this 15 days ago!!)
Thanks to someone on the internet for sharing this unusual tip, which I’ve decoded and can now shared with the rest of the world. Yay!