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Discovers Ways to Import MBOX in MS Outlook 2016, 2013 and All Prior Editions


The blog discusses solutions to import MBOX in Outlook 2016, 2013, 2010, 2007, and all the prior versions. Each and every step with screenshots is explained here, which will be helping one in attempting the task easily.

An MBOX file is created and supported by several email clients like Thunderbird, Apple Mail, Entourage, PocoMail, etc. But, this file is not at all supported by Microsoft Outlook email application whether it is 2016 version or any other. Now a question arises that how to open a .mbox file in Outlook 2016, 2013, 2011, 2010, 2007, etc. Therefore, here we came, with the free solution to accomplish this task. All the provided tips and tricks are practically tested before posting them here.

Solution to Import MBOX in Outlook 2016 or Any Other Version

The workarounds are dependent upon the operating system on which a user is currently working. As per the requirements and dependency concern, one can opt for any of the illustrated measures.

For Windows OS Users

It is possible to import MBOX in Outlook 2013, 2010 or any other version for free. But, the solution requires the proper installation of Microsoft Outlook and Mozilla Thunderbird on your Windows PC. Also, arrange a Gmail account, which is having the IMAP configuration within it. After fulfilling all these prerequisites, follow below set of instructions to open MBOX file in MS Outlook 2016 :

Note: There will be only one Gmail account, which will be used both in Thunderbird and MS Outlook.

  • If you are already having a Gmail account configured in Thunderbird then, directly jump to point (7). Else, open Mozilla Thunderbird and click on Email >> Skip this and use my existing email

  • Enter your name, complete Gmail id, and password in the respective field and then, click on Continue

  • Choose IMAP from the provided 2 options and then, click on Manual config button

  • Check all the server settings, which are provided by your ISP and then, click on Re-test button

  • When ‘The following settings were found by probing the given server’ message appears, click on Done

  • Finally, you have configured the Gmail account in Thunderbird

  • Now, import MBOX file in Thunderbird. Move this file to the Gmail profile, which you will further configure in Microsoft Outlook
  • Till this step, you have successfully opened source MBOX file in Mozilla Thunderbird. Now close this email client and open Microsoft Outlook 2016
  • Configure Gmail account in Outlook, which you have recently used in Thunderbird.
  • Finally, you have exported MBOX in Microsoft Outlook 2016, 2013, 2010

For Mac OS Users

The manual procedure to import MBOX in Outlook 2011 or 2016 for Mac requires knowledge of Outlook for Mac and Apple mail. Also, a Gmail account credentials are also required to implement the manual trick on Mac machine. After having all these things, go through following the set of instructions:

  • Open Mac mail email program on your machine and click on Mail >> Preferences >> Accounts

  • Click on + icon for adding a new Gmail account in Apple mail

  • A Mail account provider wizard will appear in which you have to select Google and click Continue

  • Enter Gmail id and password in the web browser page to login into your account

  • A dialog box with the list of different mailboxes will appear in which you have to choose the items to be imported from Gmail account. Click on Done to continue with procedure to import MBOX in Outlook 2011, 2016 for Mac

  • Till now, you have successfully added a Gmail account in Mac Mail application. Close all the opened applications and only keep Apple Mail program opened on your laptop

  • Right-click on Gmail id mailbox folder and select New Mailbox option
  • Verify the location where your new mailbox is to be created and then, give a new name to it. Click OK to proceed

  • Choose all MBOX emails, which are to be moved in Outlook and then right-click on them. Either go for Move to or Copy To option as per your need

  • Click on the folders or sub-folders where you have configured new Gmail mailboxes in Step (h). Track its live procedure

  • Close Apple mail program and open Outlook 2011, 2016 for Mac

Note: Here the Gmail id will be one, which was used in Apple mail

  • In the recently configured Gmail account, click on the folders and sub-folders, where you have created new mailbox in Apple mail

Time to Wrap Up

The workaround illustrated in this blog requires proper knowledge and availability of Outlook (both for Mac and Windows), Thunderbird, and Apple Mail. Now, what if any of the thing unable? So, here we are suggesting a software i.e., MBOX to Outlook migration tool. The program independently import MBOX in Outlook 2016, 2013, 2010, 2007, and all below versions. Now not even a single platform is required to open .mbox in Microsoft Outlook.

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