If you are switching from yahoo mail to Gmail, foremost thing you would want to do is to – Move contacts from one mail client to another.
Fortunately Yahoo and Gmail provide an easy and painless way to shift contacts. In the process of shifting contacts your e mails of yahoo would be forwarded to Gmail for 30 days. So you get time to inform about this change to your friends. Before you begin, ensure that you have access to yahoo mail.
Follow the process given below to Transfer contacts from Yahoo to Gmail
- Login to you Gmail account and click on the wheel shape button on top right and go to settings.
- Open the Accounts and Import tab from the top menu bar.
- Look for Import mail and contacts Link and click on the same. (If you don’t see this option it may be because administrator of your system has not allowed for import of contacts from any other mail server to Gmail.)
- A new window with Step 1 would open. Enter yahoo e-mail user id. It will ask you to enter password, do it and click on continue..
- Now the Step2 that is import options would pop up- will ask you to check the fields, basis your requirement. If your aim is to shift your yahoo mail completely to Gmail including contacts, then check all the three options.
- Once the above step is done Finish Step 3 appears on your screen. Your contacts import will take couple of hours or some times 2 days to complete. You can log out and continue with your work, while the import process will work. Click ok
- Your yahoo mail user name will appear against Import mail and contacts on Gmail settings. Click on proceed and give authorizing access in the new window that opens.
You will also receive an e-mail on your yahoo account confirming that you have given permission to move your yahoo contacts.
If you want to check the status of your contacts transfer, you can do the same under settings > Accounts and Import.
Find your Contacts and imported e mail
On your Gmail inbox, click on your yahoo e mail address, which will be on left hand side.
If you had folders in your yahoo mail, click on small little arrow icons, these folders will now be Gmail labels.
Once your contacts are transferred, compose a mail and start typing the name and it will show up the yahoo contacts in the ‘To’ field. To check all your contacts, click on little arrow beside Gmail on the left and select Contacts.
Learn about- How does Google handle username and password of old account?
Gmail uses a third party service called shuttle cloud to import mail , username and password from yahoo to Gmail. Shuttle cloud retains your account information only till the duration of the transfer. Google does not have your account information at all.
Hope you found this information useful and easy to follow.