Several days ago, I decided to start using Google Apps for my email. I’m not a Google fanboy, but in some areas they’re the best. And Gmail is one of those areas. To have virtually unlimited storage space and access to your emails is *very* important. And I also love the way Google groups emails into conversations. The process was painless, just some minor DNS modifications, filling some forms on Google’s site and that’s it.
A problem arose when I wanted to import my existing emails from Evolution to Gmail. Although Google provides extensive documentation and even a migration API, I was unable to find something tailored for Evolution. After some Googling and asking around, I decided to use the – kind of lame, but nevertheless, effective – IMAP approach.
It’s quite simple:
- enable IMAP support in your Gmail CP
- add the newly created IMAP account to your Evolution
- in Evolution, copy all the emails from your regular account to your Gmail one
- wait for the IMAP account to synchronize with the server (it might take a while, depending on the number of emails/attachments)
All your current folders will be imported as labels in Gmail. For some unknown reason, it was unable to group all conversations, although I uploaded the “Sent” folder. Anyways, if you have a better idea, feel free to post a comment.