Migrate Email To Google Apps With Same Email Address

If you are moving you email addresses to Google Apps and intend to retain the same email addresses, then there a simple trick which will allow you to migrate the contents of each email address into the new GMail account.

For example, if you need to migrate the mail from joe@bloggs.com old account to the the Gmail account for this email address, do the follow these steps:

  1. Login to the joe@bloggs.com GMail account
  2. Click the setting icon top right corner and select “Mail Settings”
  3. Click the “Accounts” tab
  4. Click the “Add a mail account you own” link in the “Get mail from other accounts:” section
  5. Here’s the trick: You’ll asked asked to enter the email address you want GMail to POP from. Don’t use joe@bloggs.com, GMail will throw an error. Instead just rename the email slightly to – joe@oldaccount.bloggs.com – click the “Next” button
  6. On the next screen, enter the actual username – usually joe@bloggs.com, or joe. Enter the password and change the POP Server setting to the correct domain and port for the old server you are migrating from.
  7. Click the “Add Account” and your done.


Gmail’s Mail Fetcher