Q: How do I migrate from/to gmail after they disabled IMAP in June 2022?

A: Here is how to do this

First of all, google did not disable IMAP in their email service. What they did is to limit access to their own devices/apps. All other programs/apps (like e.g Thunderbird, Apple Mail) are called "less safe clients" now.
But luckily, there is a way to access gmail via IMAP with these "less safe clients"

This method is called "App passwords". For this to work, you need to activate 2-step signin - then you can create a app password that you can use for one specific device or service. In other words, you create a app password which you will use instead of your regular password if you want to use the IMAP functionality. This is what you need to do:

  • Log in to gmail using your credentials for your account
  • Go to 'Manage you google Account' (click you personal icon)
  • Now click in the left menu on 'Security'
  • Go to 'Signing in to google', and activate '2 Step Verification' - go through all steps
  • It dowsn't matter which method you choose - chose the one that suits you best (Phone call, text message, app ...)
  • When done, you will be able to click the new menu item 'App Passwords'
  • Now create a new App Password, as 'App', select 'Mail', as 'Device', select 'Windows Computer', and click 'Generate'. You will now see the App Password - copy this Password and store it in a safe place. Use this Password for the migration.
  • Now go to your migration module, enter you credentials , but use the App Password you just created instead of your 'regular' Password
  • The Migration will now start - wait until finished. You can see Status on the status page.
  • If you have chosen to do a resync, wait until it has also finished. Now, the Migration is completely finished.
  • For security reasons, you should now revoke/delete the App Password in your google Account.
  • Optionally, you can also deactivate the 2 Step Verification again.

Please Note:

- External Servers are beyond our control, especially their reaction time, transmission speed and processing speed.
- Furthermore, Limits of external Servers are also beyond our control, especially storage space, speed and connection limits.

Please note, we cannot provide support for external Services. If you need help with creating a App Password as suggested above, please contact gmail support.


This is the help and doc page for email-migration.io

Here you can e.g. read the manual, get help e.g. for the Email migration extension for Plesk

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