How to Import MBOX to Gmail in 2024? – Complete Guide

Jenny Lowrence | March 11th, 2024 | Email Migration

The below tutorial discusses various methods to import MBOX to Gmail. Despite knowing that there is no official option to open an MBOX file in Gmail, we are going to follow up on two alternative solutions.

Many users are looking to import MBOX file to Gmail for use with other email client applications. However, they encounter issues because Gmail does not support importing .mbox files directly.

Manual conversion methods often fail and can lead to issues and data loss. To address this, we offer an alternative and effective procedure to import MBOX file to Gmail. You can try both manual and automatic solutions to import MBOX file to Gmail account securely. Both the solutions have been practically executed and are 100% workable.

So, let’s get started.

How to Open MBOX File in Gmail for Free?

This method requires Mozilla Thunderbird installation so make sure that you have it before proceeding with the solution. This segment will guide you through configuring your Gmail account with Thunderbird. Later you can import MBOX to Thunderbird application.

Follow the steps in detail to import MBOX to Gmail account.

1. Open Thunderbird and configure your Gmail account.

setup gmail in thunderbird

2. Press the Alt key, and select Tools >> Add-ons and Themes.

Install ImportExport Tool

3. Search and install ImportExportTools NG.

import export tool

4. Restart Thunderbird and select Local folders on the left panel.

5. Right-click Local Folders and select ImportExportTools NG>import mbox files.

import mbox to gmail

6. Select your MBOX file and click Open.

click open to import mbox to gmail account

After importing the file, the mailbox file will be located under Local folders. You have to right-click on the mailbox file, click Move, and transfer it to your configured Gmail account.

Please Note: The above method has been tested multiple times with various Thunderbird versions. It worked perfectly, but it won’t work when import MBOX file is disabled in Thunderbird.

How to Import MBOX to Gmail Without Thunderbird?

The Advik MBOX Converter is a specialized software that is practiced to upload .mbox to Gmail without Thunderbird. The software transfers emails from .mbox file into Gmail directly. No Mozilla Thunderbird or any supportive application is required. It is also capable to import MBOX to Gmail in batch as well.

Download the software and try it for free.

Note: Use Gmail App Password to Sign in.

Steps to Import MBOX to Gmail Automatically

1. Run the software on your Windows PC.

run advik mbox to gmail import tool

2. Click the Select Files option to add a .mbox file.

add mbox files

3. Select the email folder you want to import.

select mbox mailbox fodlers

4. Choose Gmail as the target source.

select gmail as a saving option

5. Enter your Gmail App Password and click Convert.

click convert to start importing mbox into gmail

The software will start uploading MBOX emails into Gmail account. Once the process is completed, open your Gmail account and check the mailbox list. You will see a new folder having your .mbox file emails.

Watch How to Upload MBOX File to Gmail

This MBOX to Gmail Import tool offers various advanced features that make the import process efficient, some of them are –

  • Maintain email folder and sub-folder hierarchy.
  • Import MBOX to Gmail in bulk without any data loss.
  • Preserve email key elements and attributes.
  • Advance filter option to import selective emails.
  • Simple and user-friendly interface with a simple and efficient working process.

Final Words

Despite knowing the fact that Gmail doesn’t have any option to import .mbox file, we just discussed two alternate approaches. Either you can use Mozilla Thunderbird or a professional MBOX to Gmail Import tool. Both solutions are 100% workable. However, due to some limitations and glitches faced by the manual method, people won’t waste time and refer to professional software.

Frequently Asked Questions

Question 1. Can I restore Google Takeout MBOX in Gmail?

Answer. Yes, you can import Google Takeout to Gmail using the above method. The software support .mbox file created by 30+ email sources and platforms.

Question 2. Is it possible to import MBOX to G Suite?

Answer. Yes, both methods can transfer MBOX file to Google Workspace account without any data loss.

Question 3. Error during email signing in.

Answer. First of all, you have to enable 2-Step Verification from Gmail settings. After that, create an App Password to sign into third-party applications.

Question 4.  How can I ensure that all attachments and metadata are preserved during the MBOX to Gmail import process?

Answer. You don’t need to worry the MBOX to Gmail Wizard will import your email file with complete data including attachments. It also preserves the email folder and sub-folder hierarchy and key elements.