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How to move from Yahoo! mail to GMail

First, there was no GMail.  There were Yahoo!, hotmail, aol, and other OK email services.  At work, we were forced to use Microsoft Outlook. I happened to select Yahoo!. It had simple to use interface and it worked. Then Google created an exemplary GMail single-page Web client plus smart spam filtering on the server.

I opened an email account [email protected]. I’m not afraid of spam otherwise I would have written a naive yakovfain at gmail dot com. Yeah, right!  Now I got two email accounts.

Yahoo! looked at GMail, and decided: “Me too”.  But it’s easily said than done. It looks like their engineering team that works on Yahoo! email client had no budget to hire people with the right skills, and over the last several years their Web interface was steadily changing from bad to worst.

If there was a world competition for the Worst Rich Internet Application, Yahoo! mail client would have easily won the gold medal. Everything is inconvenient and non-intuitive there. Scrollbars barely work.  you can’t simply highlight and copy the email of a recipient – need to go through a popup menu that will work every other time. You can’t create a filter to put messages on a particular folder. It simply feels bad.

I did’t want to close my Yahoo! mail account because lots of people have it in their Contacts.  Finally they got me today. After complaining about it to my younger son, he just asked, why won’t you just forward all of Yahoo! emails to your Gmail account?  And why wouldn’t I?

For years my GMail client is pulling all my work emails for our company’s mail server. I could have set Yahoo! the same way.  But I didn’t want my Yahoo account to accumulate any emails sent to me. After quick search I found an easy way to set up the mail forwarding without storing.  This is how I did it:

1. Click on the Gears icon on top right, and select Settings.

2. Select the Viewing Email on the left and then switch from Full Featured (tecommended by them) to Basic (recommended by me).

3. Select Option in the dropdown on the top right.

4. On the right hand side select Pop & Forwarding.

5. Enter your gmail address on the right and Forward only in the dropbox.

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This way you still can keep your Yahoo! mail account, but all new emails will be forwarded to your gmail account. In the Mail Accounts section you can set your email address in the the Reply To  box, so gradually, your contacts will get used to the fact that you’re using gmail now.

Hope this helps.

 


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Yakov Fain is a co-founder of two software companies: Farata Systems and SuranceBay. He authored several technical books and lots of articles on software development. Yakov is Java Champion (https://java-champions.java.net). He leads leads Princeton Java Users Group. Two of Yakov's books will go in print this year: "Enterprise Web Development" (O'Reilly) and "Java For Kids" (No Starch Press).