Add Another Email Account to Gmail

The tools available in Gmail trump the tools in any other web based email system. My problem is that I have been using Yahoo Mail for years. Friends and family will forever send messages to my Yahoo account as they have for the past 10 years. I recently decided though that Yahoo no longer has a place in my heart. I chose to totally migrate to Gmail. All was not lost though. I was relieved to find that I could import my Yahoo Mail or any other account like Hotmail or AOL through Gmail. Here’s how it’s done.

1. Login to Gmail and click on the gear and select Settings in the upper right corner.


2. Click on the Accounts and Import tab, then select Import mail and contacts.

Gmail import mail and contacts button

3. Type the email address to the account you are adding and click Continue.

Gmail type email account for import

4. Type the password for the other account. Click Continue.

Gmail type password account for import

6. Select the items you wish to import. The Add label to all imported mail field can be used so you can distinguish items that were imported from regular Gmail items. Select Start import when you’re ready.

Gmail select items for import

7. The import process will start. Once it’s finished, click OK. Note that it may take up to 2 days for items to appear.

If you ever wish to delete the account from Gmail, you can go back under the Accounts and Import tab and select the delete option next to the account.

Gmail delete account


  1. Ken says

    And for those Excite users you would have to upgrade to Excite Gold. Bottom line: I think accessing your email from other email clients via Gmail only applies to those that have a subscription (accounts that you pay for or is upgraded) not to those with free email accounts. If this is not true (which I generally doubt it), I would like to know.

  2. Brian DeWolfe says

    I tried to set up another email account and made a mistake. I second email as one I already own and they sent an email to that email account. I don’t own it yet and was just setting it up. They want a code but I of course can’t get one because the email account isn’t actually set up yet.

    Please advise.

    Thank you

  3. dwa says

    When I click on the gear, I’m not offered mail settings. I get a drop down starts with display density. Are you folks talking about an older version. This often happens on forums to me, I follow directions and the result is nothing like expected. Not your fault, I’m just a computer dummy.

  4. Paul says

    You can delete the account by going to the “settings” page and then the “accounts and imports” tab. You will see your other email accounts and to the right is an option to delete any account but your primary.

  5. Paul says

    The gmail page doesn’t say “settings” anymore, its the gear looking icon in the far upper right corner.

    From there you will see his instruction as illustrated above

  6. Jay Taylo0r says

    There is no “settings” in the right hand top section of my gmail.

  7. Brian says

    I have tried for an hour trying to add a account. I have given up, I am just going around i circles.

  8. ryan says

    This worked fine for me. You only need to use the first 4 steps. Any steps involving POP only pertain to email software like Microsoft Outlook or Yahoo Plus. If you are using a completely web-based email then you don’t need to worry about POP.

  9. Ray says

    All this does is send outgoing mail under the yahoo address. Which means everyone will continue to send email to the yahoo account for another 10 years.

    Where’s the migration to Gmail?

  10. Sriram says

    When I tried to add my yahoo account to Gmail, I got this message “this service is only available for Yahoo Plus”. so it is not possible to add the general yahoo account to gmail

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