We have recently wondered how to Get Email out of Gmail and into Gmail and Google have quietly provided us that answer while officially denying the feature exists. When you currently search Help on the Google Gmail website to see if you can “Fetch Mail from Another Google Account” this is the answer provided:
Moving Gmail to Gmail
The ability to fetch your Gmail into another Gmail account — including Google Apps for Your Domain! — is slowly being rolled out live across all Google accounts. There are a couple of tricks you need to keep in mind to get it working. First, enable POP from the account you wish to get your mail.
I chose to leave all the mail in my account after all of it had been “POPped.” Next, go into your Account Settings for the account in which you want all your Gmail delivered. Your Username is your ENTIRE Gmail address. If you don’t use the entire address you’ll get a red-letter error that “you cannot POP your Gmail into Gmail.”
Leave “smtp.gmail.com” as the POP server. DO NOT CHOOSE “pop.gmail.com” from the dropdown list or this will not work and you’ll get a red-letter error that “you cannot POP your Gmail into Gmail.”
Do not check “Leave a copy” on the POP server or you’ll get a red-letter error that “you cannot POP your Gmail into Gmail.” Your messages will stay in your original account because you told Gmail to keep your email and not delete it. I also suggest you choose — for just the import of all the stored messages, especially if you have thousands like I do — to “Archive incoming messages” because if you don’t, all those POPped messages will appear as new and unread and you’ll have to manually manhandle them into your Archive.
After you “Add Account” — Gmail’s Mail Fetcher will poll your other Gmail account and begin the import process. If you have a lot of messages, this will take a long time. Days even. I’m on my third day of importing. Gmail polls your POP account every hour or so and pulls 200 messages at a time and “delivers” them in batches of 15-20 messages every ten minutes. Don’t let this account update fool you:
Because, as you can see here, Gmail only reports the status of its current action dealing with 200 messages and not all 10,000 messages:
Today is Friday and I’ve been pulling these emails since Wednesday morning. You know the import is finished when you can click on a “Check Mail Now” link to POP your other account. If you don’t see a “Check Mail Now” link, then you’re still in the midst of your import.
The process is slow and agonizing, but worth it because the original date and timestamp of your messages will be preserved. That was the biggest problem I had to deal with when I did this process last October by hand. I had imported 10,000 messages that were ALL given a new timestamp of October 6, 2006.
I hoped pulling in all those messages via a proper Mail Fetch this week would replace the ones I already pulled in October — but that isn’t turning out to be the case because the timestamps don’t match. So I’ll have TWO COPIES of 10,000 messages in my Google Apps Email account and I’ll have to decide if trying to delete the first instance of the copy — all still dated 10/06/06 — is worth the bother or not. Right now I’m thinking NOT — because 10 gigs is a lot of email space to fill.
Google Start Page Theme Another quiet — but quite alarmingly nice feature Google released this week for the “advanced” Start page — is the ability to “theme” your Google Start Page!
I was shocked to find something aesthetically pleasing from Google! Who knew they could create a feature just for its artistic value without adding any functionality?
Well, I guess there’s a bit of time telling functionality built into the beauty — the themes change throughout the day based on the time of day in your time zone.
Here’s what I see in the morning sunrise using the City Scape theme:
Here’s my midday look:
This is my late-afternoon art:
This is my evening outfit:
Here’s another evening shot. It would be neat if these images changed throughout the day to also reflect the weather and other atmospheric conditions:
Remember, I don’t have to change the look of the theme. Google handles it all for me — and for all the other theme choices, too — automagically behind the scenes as the day dawns and the night falls.
I sure hope Google adds themes to the Google Apps for Your Domain start page! It’s great Google have taken these to giant leaps of faith for us this week. First allowing us to move and manipulate thousands of existing emails between Gmail accounts is a welcome addition to our communication arsenal; and then gifting us a bit of beauty while we work — all at their expense — is a rare delight in an ever-advancing pedestrian and esoteric world.