Yes. That’s true. From Gmail to Yahoo! Mail. NOT the other way round. Many (including me) love Google and its relatively new mail client. But the truth is, Yahoo! is the better one. It has some really nice features, which many Yahoo! skeptics would have ignored. People switched to Gmail as it was new and funky. But all of us know about that (un)popular Gmail server crash. Gmal lost its credibility as a good e-mail client back then. Yahoo! is still better. It has filters, drag-and-drop features, and also loads much faster than Gmail. Even faster, when cached.
I did a test to prove it
1] Google Mail
Typed mail.google.com in the address bar of Firefox, made sure that no bandwidth-consuming processes were running, and hit enter.
Enabled: Chat, Calendar
Disabled: Labs, Themes
Time taken to load: 8.99 seconds
2] Yahoo! Mail
Typed mail.yahoo.com in the address bar of Firefox, made sure no bandwidth-consuming process was running, and hit enter.
Enabled: Every friggin’ thing available by default: news, temperature, chat and calendar.
Time taken to load: 7.56 seconds
Which proves it that Yahoo! Mail loads faster than Gmail by 1.43 seconds. That’s a large number, considering Gmail had no labs enabled.
So if I have convinced you to move to Yahoo! Mail from Gmail, here’s how to do it:
Step 1: We’ll be using this service called TrueSwitch. It does cost $19.95, but free to do, when you switch to Yahoo! (Wow. I was a poet and I didn’t even know it!). Click here to begin switching.
"Copy, Notify, Forward, Cancel" seems to be the motto of TrueSwitch, and it lives up to it.
Step 2: After you’ve done that, you’ll need to sign in to Yahoo! Type your password, and click Sign-in.
Sign-in to your Yahoo! Account
Step 3: After you’ve signed in, you need to grant TrueSwitch permission to access your account. Click I Agree.
Step 4: Enter your old e-mail address (Gmail in this case). Enter your username, and select gmail.com in the first drop-down box. For example, if your e-mail ID is email@example.com, you type in only shadowline and select gmail.com in the drop-down box.
Type your old e-mail address password, select all data to be transferred (I recommend you check both Email and Address Book.)
You can also send a notification to all contacts in your old Gmail account informing about the change in your e-mail ID. Clicking on Personalize this notification will help you draft a custom message manually, which will be sent to your contacts.
You will need to give TrueSwitch all details to switch to your Yahoo! account
An example of the notification the recipient receives when your notification reaches him/her.
Step 5: When you’re sure you’ve done everything, including agreeing to the Terms of Service, click Start Transfer. You should see this dialog box.
Although it claims to take a few seconds, it takes suprisingly longer than the expected time to process the data, depending on your current Gmail account.
Step 6: After a really long and agonizing wait, TrueSwitch completes “confirming your account info”. Open your Yahoo! Mail account. If all the mails aren’t there, don’t worry. Wait for about sixteen hours. You’ll see all mails with each sorted out into folders available to you. Nothing changes in the first twelve hours. The final result comes only after sixteen hours, when all your folders and current mails have been transferred.
Step 7: Now that the transfer is complete, you need to direct all your mails to your Yahoo! account. Open Gmail. Click Settings. Click Forwarding and POP/IMAP. Enable forwarding by clicking on the Forward incoming mail to radio button. Type in your complete new email ID. Select archive Gmail’s copy in the drop-down box, so that all mail remains in the Gmail inbox as well.
Forwarding all incoming mail
Step 8: Click Save Changes and open your Yahoo! Mail account. You must have received a mail from firstname.lastname@example.org. Click on the confirmation link, and you’re through.
Congratulations! You have successfully travelled from Gee Mail to Yahoo! Mail. Lemme reassure you. Its a move you’ll never regret.
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