If you have switched from Windows to Mac or just want to transfer Outlook emails to Apple Mail due to any reason then you are at the right place. I write this guide using Mac OS X Snow Leopard and Windows 7 and hopefully this works on other OS versions of Windows and Mac as well.
Outlook and Apple Mail does not support a common mail file format so we will use Thunderbird on Windows a free email application to transfer our Outlook emails into Apple Mail or transfer emails from Windows to Mac.
Steps on Windows:
- First we need to transfer emails from Outlook to Thunderbird and then to Apple Mail
- Download Thunderbird for Windows, install it and Run it.
Click on “Tools” menu and select “Import” option.
Select the option what you want to import, as i select “Mail” option to import emails from Outlook and click “Next” button.
Select “Outlook” option and hit “Next” button. Wait for a while and let the Thunderbird to import emails form Outlook and hit “Finish” button when it done the import process.
Now you can see all Outlook emails imported to Thunderbird successfully under “Outlook Import” folder, as shown in the screenshot below. You can see the “Inbox” contains 4 emails.
- Now we need to know the location of this “Outlook Import” folder to transfer it from Windows to Mac.
- Right click on the “Outlook Import” folder and select “Properties” option.
See the folder path and open this location.
Copy the folder “Outlook Import.sbd” to a storage device like USB and transfer it to the Mac quickly or See how to share files between Mac and PC.
Steps on Mac:
Now we have emails folder on Mac that we transfered from PC (Windows) and ready to import emails into the Apple Mail.
Run Apple Mail on your Mac, click “File” menu and select “Import Mailboxes” option.
Select “Thunderbird” and hit “Continue” button.
Choose the emails folder “Outlook Import.sbd” that we have copied from PC (Windows) and hit the “Choose” button.
Hit the “Done” button when import process finished by the Apple Mail.
Now you can see all emails are imported into a new “Inbox” folder under the “Import” folder in Apple Mail, so you have successfully imported the Outlook emails into Apple Mail.
If you want, you can move these emails to the “Inbox” folder of Mailbox that you have already configured on Apple Mail.
Select the “Inbox” folder under “Import” folder that you have imported, press
cmd + a keys form keyboard to select all emails and then click and drag all emails to the Mailbox “Inbox” folder of your Apple Mail.
If you are facing any problem to transfer emails from outlook to Apple Mail fell free to discuss in comments below, if it works for you then leave a note!