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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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?


Use Gmail Takeout:


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


  • There are offline solutions, too... Apr 14, 2014 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: http://www.mboxpst.com

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.

  • 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. Nov 20, 2015 at 11:24

There, I found one more solution that is SysTools Gmail Backup Tool

This helps user To backup Gmail mailbox items into the various format such as EML, PST, MBOX, MSG & EMLX.

Ref:- http://www.zdnet.com/article/ultimate-guide-to-gmail-backup/

I just found this solution in above ref. link. Request to try the demo before purchasing.

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    – jonsca
    Feb 20, 2018 at 23:30
  • Hi, @jonsca, I have nothing to do with this product. If you are not sure about this just google it. I found the above URL while I was searching for this solution. And in the ref. URL I only find the single product that backup Gmail to multiple formats. Sorry if you get it in a wrong way I was just trying to answer. It will be great if you remove your downvote
    – Rylan08
    Feb 21, 2018 at 9:42
  • Not a problem, it's okay if you are not affiliated, no need to do anything further. It was not my downvote, that was a system-imposed downvote due to a "low quality" flag.
    – jonsca
    Feb 21, 2018 at 23:30

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