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I need to export out emails from Gmail to an Outlook PST file and it seems slow using this method—Outlook and IMAP/POP3 are kinda slow on archiving.

Is there any other method than going through POP3 or IMAP?

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method supplied by JMax… – Fran Orli Sep 12 '12 at 1:35

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POP3 is not possible because, I think, it doesn't sync labels.

The only other thing is to setup Outlook to only sync specific labels (with IMAP).

Possibly another mail client (like Thunderbird or Evolution) would perform better?

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Use Gmail Takeout:

This will leave you with an mbox file. Use Aid4Mail to convert that to a .PST:

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There are offline solutions, too... – Deer Hunter Apr 14 '14 at 17:29

I am quite late to respond the thread. Recently I did the same task which I am going to share.

You can backup Gmail account data by using the free Google takeout tool. But it will create .mbox file for backed up emails which cannot be open or imported directly into MS Outlook. For that you need to convert MBOX file to PST format using a reliable tool available here:

Note: The above method is quite lengthy and time consuming. So I will suggest you to configure your Gmail account with MS Outlook and download folders/messages into PST format by using free POP3 mail server.

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Welcome to Web Applications! I made some minor edits to your post: Removed the quotation formatting (which we use only for quoting), and added a link to Google takeout. – Vidar S. Ramdal Nov 20 at 11:24

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