Last Updated on January 5, 2021 by admin
Outlook for Mac is a desktop based email application that works exactly same as the MS Outlook but saves its database in OLM file format which is completely different from the PST format used by MS Outlook. As technology has continued to evolve, users have also evolved their data storage mode, and everyone has started using online apps. As web-based services are therefore more in demand, Microsoft has developed Office 365 as a cloud-based application for sending and receiving email messages over the Internet.
Recently, we’ve received a lot of user inquiries asking for a reliable solution for moving Outlook for Mac data to a cloud account. And for users who currently use or have OLM files and want to move their data to the cloud storage location immediately, this blog will be helpful. Read and understand the solutions given below on how to import OLM files to Office 365 account.
Try Manual Solution
The manual solution for importing OLM into Office 365 is quite difficult and involves lots of time and efforts. Therefore, it is recommended that you make a backup of your OLM files before performing this procedure. Here is the full explanation of the process.
First stage → Setting up IMAP account in Gmail and configuring it in Outlook for Mac
First of all, let us know the steps required to set up an IMAP account in the Gmail application. In case if you don’t have a Gmail account, you’ll need to create one.
- Open and login to your Gmail account and go to Settings option.
- Once you visit the Settings page, click Forwarding and POP/IMAP tab. Then click on Enable IMAP option under the IMAP Access section.
- After that click on Save Changes option and save this setting.
- Now your IMAP account is setup successfully.
Now, follow the instructions given below to configure this IMAP account in Outlook for Mac.
- Now, first start your Outlook for Mac application.
- Click the Tools tab and then select Accounts option.
- A new window will appear, click the + sign button to add new account which is the Gmail IMAP account.
- Next, Enter the information for your IMAP account along with user name and password like –
- Incoming server – imap.gmail.com
- Outlook server – smtp.gmail.com
- SSL Connection – Check this option
- After that click on Add Account option.
The above steps the Gmail IMAP account will get configured with Outlook for Mac successfully.
Second stage → Creating label in Gmail account for synchronizing Outlook for Mac and IMAP account
Users need to create a label in Gmail to sync OLM file data and then move it to the configured IMAP account. Let us understand this procedure step by step in easy way.
- Now visit your Gmail account again and click the gear button;
- In the drop-down list click Settings and then select Label.
- Now, create a new label by clicking on the Create new label button
- After that enter a name with nest label info and click on OK.
- Once you click OK button, the label is created immediately.
- Now, open your Outlook for Mac application.
- Here, click on the Send / Receive option to start the synchronization process.
- Wait until the data has been completely transferred.
Final stage → Configuring Gmail IMAP account in Outlook and then moving to Office 365
This is the final stage of this manual process to import OLM to Office 365. All you need to do is configure the IMAP account in Outlook with the help of Account Settings feature of Outlook by adding a new IMAP account using Gmail credentials. When your Gmail account is configured with Outlook application, all data will be stored in Outlook, after which you can easily use the drag-drop or copy-paste option to transfer all the data in PST folders.
Later you can import Outlook PST file to Office 365 either by Network upload method, Drive Shipping method. These two manual approach provided by Microsoft are complex because they require technical knowledge.
As you can see and also mention at the beginning of the above process, this is quite a long process and also requires careful, skilled hands to execute. Any minor mistake at any stage can add further complications to the process and then result in data loss or migration failure. In addition, the manual solution discussed above requires two operating system environments at the same time, which is sometimes difficult and in the worst case scenario, the data integrity of the files or emails can be compromised during the process.
We cannot guarantee manual solutions for successful OLM data transfer to Office 365 account because its process is very complex and long, even a small mistake can ruin your entire process. We have an automated solution to perform this migration process from Outlook for Mac to Office 365 platform easy and secure.
OLM to Office 365 Migrator
It a fabulous utility with robust algorithms that Migrate OLM files to Office 365 account using a direct one-way method; The user doesn’t even need Outlook for Mac or an Outlook application to perform this process. The software import OLM to Office 365 including with all folders such as Mails, Contacts, Calender, Attachments, etc. It even includes preview functions and several filter options that users can use to separate the data for migration.
Just follow a few simple steps to import OLM into an Office 365 account with full data security.
Step 1: Download and install OLM to Office 365 migration tool into your system.
Step 2: If you want to move unlimited .olm files then, simply choose Add file option.
Step 3: After loading data files from the saved file path, the software will display your file location. Click on the Next to import OLM to Office 365.
Step 4: The utility will display all of the OLM items, check the desired folders required to move from .olm to MS Office 365 and click Next.
Step 5: Choose Office 365 from the two options as shown in the screenshot below.
Step 6: Enter your Office 365 credentials in the application window. Click the Next button to continue.
Step 7: OLM files to Office 365 migration process will started now.
Step 8: As soon as the migration process is complete, the OLM to Office 365 migration tool will automatically open the desired folder in which you will receive your resulting data freely.
If you carefully follow all of these steps, you can easily import all of your email and other data from Outlook for Mac to an Office 365 account without losing any data.