Gmailify: Add Gmail Features to Another Email Account
We’ve been recommending Gmail for a long time. We use it for personal emails and business emails and we’ve seldom been disappointed. Gmail’s security is second-to-none and their spam filtering is the best anywhere.
You can add any Yahoo, AOL, Outlook (Outlook.com now includes Hotmail, MSN.com, Live.com, Live.ca) and/or even some ISP accounts Gmailify them to get Gmail’s features with your other email address. And while you can check mail from other accounts using Gmail, you can only Gmailify one.
If you want to know how to set up Gmail to check mail from several other accounts without using Gmailfy, see this page.
Now let’s Gmailify. First, choose the account you want to Gmailify. You’ll need your user name and password for the other account to set this up. As soon as you enter your username and password for the account you want to link with Gmailify, you’ll get an email at the other account asking if it’s OK for your Gmail account to access the account. If you want to receive email from your other account in Gmail, and Gmailify it, you’ll need to allow Gmail access.
We’re going to give you the instructions on how to Gmailify an email account directly from Google’s Gmailify page.
Get Gmail features for your other email accounts
If you have a Yahoo, AOL, Outlook, Hotmail, or select non-Gmail accounts, use Gmailify to get many of Gmail’s features with that address.
To do this, you’ll need to link your account to Gmail. After you link your account, you’ll see all your messages in your Gmail inbox, plus these changes:
- Spam protection
- Better mail notifications on mobile
- Automatic email sorting based on type (Social, Updates, Promotions)
- Faster search, with advanced search operators
Note: If you link another account to an existing Gmail account, you might reach your storage limit. Learn how to clear your Google storage.
Link your address to Gmail
- Open Gmail.
- In the top right, click Settings Settings.
- Click the Accounts and Import or Accounts tab.
- In the “Check mail from other accounts” section, click Add a mail account.
- Type the email address you want to link, then click Next.
- Select Link account with Gmail (Gmailify), then click Next.
- Follow the steps on the screen, then click Next or Sign in.
After you link your account, “Gmailify” will appear next to your email address. When you open Gmail, you’ll be able to read, reply to, and organize messages from your other account just like you do in Gmail.
I tested Gmailify this morning with a Yahoo account. And before you ask what in the world I’m doing with a Yahoo account — I’ll tell you: The only reason I even have a Yahoo account is for testing and never for anything personal.
Gmailifying my Yahoo account worked very well. Although, I will give you a hint. If you have thousands of emails in your other account(s) inbox(es), you might want to archive some of them, or you’ll end up with thousands of emails from your other accounts in your Gmail inbox.
Gmailifying one account and adding other email accounts this way to Gmail makes it simple to set up your email in email clients like Thunderbird. Let’s say you have 3 email accounts in addition to your Gmail account. Let’s say you have an @outlook.com address, and @hotmail.com address and a @yahoo.com address. You could Gmailify all three of those accounts and get all your email via your Gmail address.
Try Gmailify and see if it doesn’t simplify your email. It sure simplifies mine. And who couldn’t use a little more simple in this complex and complicated world?