I have old emails on Outlook 2010 from a pop3 account and want to transfer the old emails to the IMAP account.

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ellas / 5 Points
2012-11-27 8:25 pm EST
The old emails are from the same email address just from the old host, which was a POP3 host.

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16,459 Points
2012-11-27 8:58 pm EST
Hello Ellas,

Basically, this depends on how you converted your emails from POP3 to IMAP. If you used the exact same account and converted it, then they typically will already be in the IMAP account. If you're using two different accounts, then it's easiest to handle this by copying the emails into a folder first and then dragging them into your IMAP folder. Personally, I would suggest AGAINST moving old emails into your IMAP folder because you're just adding old email into the server that doesn't typically need to be synchronized. However, if you have a need for it, then create a folder on in your IMAP account for your old mail - so you can keep it separate from your new email. Now let's get back to your old mail. Hopefully, you can still access your old mail THROUGH Outlook. If you can then this exercise is much easier. I would first suggest creating a folder on the desktop. and then open it up so that you can drag things into it. Next open your old POP3 email account in Outlook so that you can see the folder on the desktop. You should be able to drag your email from outlook into the folder on your desktop. Once you have completed copying all of the emails from your pop3 account into the folder on your desktop, then you can go back to your new IMAP account and then drag the old mails into your new folder.

I used to keep all of my old mail burned to CDs for records, and access them directly from disk using Outlook. This kept me from overburdening the Email server with tons of email. The server can handle a lot of email, but you should really keep the amount of email as optimized as possible so as to help with server performance. IMAP typically requires more maintenance for better performance, otherwise, you're making the server work hard to synchronize mail over your internet connection. The more email you have the slower it will become.

If your situation is more like you need to convert, then you might want to check out this article:

Conversion from POP3 to IMAP or this article from Microsoft Microsoft docs on converting to IMAP

Additionally, here are two reference articles for adding folders in IMAP and synchronizing those folders:

Create Email folders

Subscribing to IMAP email folders in Outlook 2010

Note that you need to be subscribed to a folder for it to synchronize.

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