Written By Kiran Sharma
Updated on March 9th, 2022
For a time, especially in the late 90s, many users were using Microsoft’s free email service Hotmail. In fact, it was one of the world’s most recognizable email services next to Gmail. But at the turn of the century, Gmail dominated the email game with over 1.5 billion users. That is almost four times more than Hotmail users which is at 400 million.
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If you initially use Hotmail and your account contains emails you can’t let go of and now want to switch to Gmail, it’s simple to do so. Here’s a guide on how to switch from Hotmail to Gmail whether you want to keep your Hotmail account or move to Gmail completely.
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Microsoft closed Hotmail and replaced it with Outlook.com in 2013.
Microsoft did product rebrands after product rebrands throughout the years that it could get confusing. There’s “Hotmail” and “Live Mail,” and there’s even the “Outlook Web App.”
To keep it simple, there’s no more Hotmail.com. Microsoft’s email service is now Outlook.com. Even if you’re still using your Hotmail email address, your emails basically reside on Outlook.com now.
Gmail is the go-to email service – for a reason.
Gmail offers 500 times more space than Hotmail, is faster and more responsive. It has better search and spam blocking features. According to Statistica, 36.5 percent of emails opened in September 2021 came from Gmail, the highest percentage ever recorded.
But that’s not to say that Hotmail doesn’t have advantages on its sleeve. While there are common Outlook issues to look out for, Hotmail’s new iteration, Outlook.com, offers 15 GB of storage space in addition to OneDrive’s free 5GB. Meanwhile, Gmail shares the free 15 GB with Google Drive. Outlook.com also still uses “Folders” instead of Gmail’s “Labels,” which lets you categorize emails better.
Ultimately, it all boils down to your personal preference.
Now, you might ask, “how do I forward my Hotmail to Gmail”? It’s simple, really. Read on to find out.
Here’s a step-by-step guide to import Hotmail to Gmail so you can automatically forward hotmail to Gmail without doing complex processes.
The first step in forwarding Hotmail to Gmail is by setting up email forwarding. It’s a straightforward process to forward email from Hotmail to Gmail, including incoming ones. Your incoming email (from Outlook.com) is sent to your Gmail address. How? Outlook.com copies all the emails you receive and forwards them to your Gmail account. The entire process is autonomous, easy to set up, and operates until you force it to stop.
Note: You can’t automate forwarding on the Gmail app. You can do so only on your PC. If you have an account and are facing issues, contact your administrator.
Once you are done forwarding email from Outlook.com to Gmail account, you will need to migrate all of your existing Hotmail emails to Gmail. This transfers emails from Hotmail to Gmail, including folders and data.
Migrating from Hotmail to Gmail is an uncomplicated process. However, make sure you are deleting all the junk and spam folders. Since spam messages accounted for 45.1 percent of email traffic in March 2021, deleting them eases the migration process and saves time. So, just go through your emails- and get rid of the junk.
For businesses, you can also invest in an ERP software to collect, store, manage, and interpret data from a wide range of business activities in one place. This makes the process of sorting the junk out easier.
It’s simple to automatically forward Hotmail emails to Gmail account, but you can do it even faster using an email migration tool. If you’re interested, get in touch with us at Data Recovery Solutions.
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