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Tutorial on How to Export Google Takeout to Outlook on Mac

Brandon Smith | Modified: 2021-01-29T13:57:04+00:00
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This blog is for users who have used Google Takeout to download their Gmail emails, contacts, etc. and wish to export Google Takeout to Outlook on Mac system.

Google Takeout is a service that Google provides to download your Google data without any inconvenience. Whether it’s for backup, moving to a different cloud service, switching to an email client, or a dozen other things, it is always easy to sign in, select and download the data on your system.

If you have already used Google Takeout to backup Google data, it should be clear as day that Outlook does not support the downloaded file for emails. The files, MBOX (for emails), vcard (for contacts), etc., must go through a separate process to get imported in Mac Outlook. In this post, we will define all such techniques that can be easily executed on a Mac system. Take a look at the table of contents and find the process that resolves your particular query.

Table of Content:

  1. Exporting Emails from Google Takeout to Outlook
  2. Importing Contacts in Outlook from Google Takeout

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Without further ado, let us start with the first solution.

Exporting Emails from Google Takeout to Outlook

Google Takeout download the Gmail email messages in .mbox file. If you chose Zip format to archive Google data, extracting this zip file will reveal .mbox files. Now, the problem is that Outlook does not support the MBOX file format. The latest Mac Outlook versions do support dragging dropping the mailbox to create a .mbox file. However, the opposite is not supported. Thus, to export Google Takeout to Outlook, one must convert MBOX files of Google Takeout into PST format. This task is achievable using professional tools such as MBOX to PST Converter for Mac. With this tool, one can easily export Google .mbox files into the supported file format of MS outlook i.e., PST file format.

Note: Both Mac & Windows versions of Outlook provides an official option to import PST file. For that reason, we are using PST as the output format.

Here’s how to export Google Takeout to Outlook on Mac:

  • Step 1: Run the software on Mac system.
  • Step 2: Click “Add File” to select Google takeout MBOX file.
  • Step 3: Choose “PST” for Google Takeout to Outlook conversion.
  • Step 4: Apply “Advance Settings” such as email filters.
  • Step 5: Click “Export” for successful conversion on Mac.

That’s it!! All the Gmail emails downloaded via Google Takeout are successfully converted into PST. Now, import this PST file in Outlook application of your choice. Since the output format is PST, you can even access this file in Windows Outlook.

Instructions for Importing contacts in Mac Outlook:

Google Takeout saves the Gmail contacts in Vcard file (.vcf extension files). To export such files in Mac Outlook, simply right-click on it and choose to open it with Outlook. Then, go to Contacts tab and click Save and Close. This method processes one vcard file at one time.

Concluding Lines

Whether its Mac or Windows, MS Outlook is one of the most preferred applications for email management. It works with PST files and does not support the most common mailbox format – MBOX. This poses a problem for users who download their Gmail data using the Google Takeout service. To address this problem, we provided simple instructions that can help a user export Google Takeout to Outlook on Mac system. The methods to import Google Takeout contacts in Mac Outlook are also defined in the post.