Changing your email address can be a pain. You need to move your old emails, filters (rules), contacts and of course have to redirect new mails from your old account to your Apps account while you notify your contacts of your new address (in some cases, can be a lengthy task in itself!).. but fear not! I have, after many conversions, developed a 3 step program that aims to make this as painless as possible.
In Part I: My three step program for moving to Google Apps, I’ll cover the basics of moving from an existing Gmail account to Google Apps. In the future I’ll be writing for Hotmail accounts and Yahoo accounts.
Gmail is ready.
Below you can finish off the move by importing your contacts, filters and calendar. It’s a good idea to re-create your labels before you import filters, some may be relying on pre-existing labels and currently there’s no way to import/export labels.
* You can choose either to keep forwarding on, or keep pop running.. but it doesn’t make sense to have both running once you’ve brought in all your mails – I usually opt for the forwarder.
And that, my friends, is my three step guide for moving to Google Apps from Gmail. I had been lingering on this article for a while, but after a Buzz crossed my path with the exact request for this information I decided it would be a good idea to publish it for the world to view. This will be an evolving article – if you have better suggestions let me know! I’ll add them as they’re provided.
Do you use Outlook? You may be interested in a tool that should take all 3 steps and turn them into one quick, easy and integrated solution: Google Apps Outlook Migration Tool. Check it out!