MIGRATE GMAIL FILTERS

  • If you have been using Gmail for sometime, chances are that you have created a few filters to organize your mailbox.
  • But what if you plan to move to another Gmail or G Suite (formerly Google Apps) account and do not want to start from scratch?
  • In this video, I will show you how to migrate your Gmail filters from one email account to another in 2 easy steps.
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Overview

  • Assuming you have created Gmail filters in one account and now you're switching to another account.
  • Instead of creating the same filters one by one in the new Gmail account, you can simply import filters from old account into new account.
  • In my case, I will be migrating my Gmail filters from my work account into my personal account.

1. Go to Gmail Filters

  • Login to your Gmail account with filters you want migrate, then go to settings
  • From settings page, switch to 'Filters and Blocked Addresses' tab.
  • You should be able to see your existing filters that you should be migrating.

2. Export Gmail filters

  • In this step you'll be exporting your existing filters.
  • Select the filters you want to export or you can simply click 'All' link next to 'Select' to select all filters.
  • Click on 'Export' button then you should see a file download which contains your filters.

3. Import Gmail filters

  • Now login to your Gmail account you want to migrate your Gmail filters to. Go to 'Settings' then 'Filters and Blocked Addresses'.
  • Next, click on (2)'Import Filters', then (3) choose the file you downloaded in previous step. Then, click on (3) 'Open file' button to apply filters.

Troubleshooting errors

  • In some cases you may get an error. It's important you read and try to understand what an error is.
  • For instance, in my case one of the filters requires me to verify forwarding address an action you will have to take before such a filter can start working.

Wrapping it up!

  • That is all you need to migrate your filters from one Gmail account to another.
  • For comments and questions, leave them in comment section below and I'll be happy to assist you.
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