Della Taylor

How to Easily Import EML Files into Your Gmail Account?

Introduction: Are you in the process of switching to Gmail (G Suite) from your current email client, such as Windows Live Mail (WLM) or Thunderbird? Have you downloaded your email archive in the .eml format and are now wondering how to import these EML files into your Gmail account? Look no further! This article will guide you through the best techniques to seamlessly import EML files into your Gmail account. But first, let's gain a better understanding of EML files and Gmail.

EML files are a commonly used file format by various email clients, including Windows Live Mail, Windows Mail, Mozilla Thunderbird, Zoho Mail, Zimbra, and more. Each EML file corresponds to a single email, making it a convenient way to store email messages. In contrast, Gmail is a cloud-based, free email messaging system that offers a wide range of features, including email management, contact and calendar management, task creation, note-taking, and more.


If you're wondering how to transfer your EML files to your Gmail account, this article is here to provide you with two solutions, depending on your specific situation:

If You Have an EML File-Supported Email Client Installed:

If you currently use an email client that supports EML files, such as Windows Live Mail, Windows Mail, Mozilla Thunderbird, Zoho Mail, or Zimbra, and you want to migrate your emails to Gmail, follow these steps:

A. Manage and Enable Settings in Your Gmail Account:

  • Enable IMAP or POP settings in Gmail by going to your Gmail account, clicking on the Gear icon, and selecting "See All settings."
  • In the "Forwarding and POP/IMAP" tab, enable IMAP or POP and click the "Save" button.
  • Generate an App Password by going to your Gmail account, navigating to the Security section, and setting up two-step verification. Generate an App Password for your email client (e.g., Thunderbird) and save it securely.

B. Add Your Gmail Account to Your Email Client:

The configuration process for adding your Gmail account to different EML file-supported email clients can vary slightly. However, I will provide an example using the Thunderbird email client, which you can adapt to other clients.

  • Open Mozilla Thunderbird, click on "Tools," and select "Account Settings."
  • In the "Account Settings" window, click on "Account Actions" and choose "Add Mail Account."
  • Enter your name, Gmail email address, and the App Password you generated earlier. Click "Continue."
  • Choose between IMAP and POP based on your Gmail account settings, and then click "Create Account."
  • Your emails will automatically load into Thunderbird.

Note: Some email clients can require you to enter incoming and outgoing server details, which should be provided in the settings.

C. Drag and Drop Emails:

  • After adding your Gmail account to Thunderbird (or your chosen email client), locate the emails you want to move to your Gmail account.
  • Select all the emails in the folder using Ctrl + A.
  • Drag and drop these emails into the Gmail mailbox folder where you want to move them.
  • Repeat this process until all your desired emails are transferred.

If You Only Have EML Files on Your System:

If you have multiple bundles of EML files and want to import them into your Gmail account, you'll need to convert EML files into PST format first. Then, you can use Google's free GWMMO (G Suite Migration for Microsoft Outlook) tool to import the PST files into your Gmail account. Here's how:

B. Import PST Files into Your Gmail Account:

Download, install, and launch the GWMMO Tool on your system.

  • Log in to your Gmail account where you want to move your EML files.
  • Allow the software access to your Gmail account by clicking "Allow."
  • Enable "Migrate all data" and send cache reports to Google.
  • Choose the "From PST File(s)" option and specify the location of the PST file. Click "Next."
  • Select the mailbox folder you want to import into Gmail and click "Next."
  • The migration process will commence, so please wait until it's completed.

B. Import EML to Gmail File Account:

Use the Softaken EML to Gmail Importer to bulk import EML files into Gmail. The ability to Import EML files of any size to Gmail is another feature of this program. The application can be used without any problems with any email client that supports EML, such as Thunderbird, Outlook Express, and Windows Live Mail. Any Windows version can have this program installed quickly. Even when the transfer procedure is complete, it ensures that the user keeps all of their messages in the same directories and subfolders of their produced Gmail file. All Windows editions, including Windows 10, 8, 8.1, 7, and the ones below, are compatible with it. Users can easily Import a select number of items from EML to Gmail accounts using the tool's free demo.

Steps to follow the EML file to Gmail Account:

  • The EML to Gmail Importer Tool can be downloaded and launched.

  • Choose the EML files you wish to use from your Gmail account.

  • Enter the login information and choose Authenticate Gmail Account.

  • For the EML file import, choose the Gmail folder or make a new folder.
  • EML files will be uploaded to your Gmail account after you click the Process button.


In conclusion, you now have two solutions to easily move your EML files into your Gmail account. The first solution is suitable if you're using an email client that supports EML files, while the second solution is ideal when you only have EML files on your system. Choose the method that best suits your needs and comfort level. If you encounter any difficulties during the process, don't hesitate to seek assistance. Happy importing!

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