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Transfer Gmail to iCloud: A Step-by-Step Guide

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Do you want to transfer your Gmail account to iCloud? If yes, then this article will guide you on how to transfer all your Google emails to your iCloud account. Additionally, you will learn how to forward your future emails from Gmail to your Apple email address. It’s an easy process, and we’ll walk you through step by step.

How to Copy Your Gmail Emails to iCloud

1. Start by setting up Mail on your Mac or iOS device to accept your Gmail emails. If you use a Mac, check out our article on how to set up Mail to accept Gmail.

2. Before copying your emails, create a folder in the iCloud mail section of your Mail app to replicate your Gmail folder’s content. You can make a new folder in the following way:

  • On a Mac, right-click on “iCloud” (under Inbox) and select “New Mailbox.” Choose a name for your mailbox, e.g., Gmail Archive.
  • On an iOS device, go to “Mailboxes” > “Edit” and then select “New Mailbox.” Name the mailbox and select iCloud as the location.

3. Now copy the Gmail emails that you want to transfer to the new folder in iCloud. We suggest copying, not dragging and dropping, as it’s safer. Here’s how to copy emails:

  • On a Mac, select emails in your Gmail folder, right-click, choose “Copy To,” and select the new iCloud folder you created earlier.
  • On an iOS device, go to “Edit,” select the desired emails (or you can “Mark all”), tap “Move,” and choose the iCloud folder you created.

4. Once satisfactorily copied, you can safely remove Gmail from your Mail app. Here’s how:

  • On a Mac, go to “Mail” > “Accounts,” choose the Gmail account, click the minus button, and confirm that you want to disable your account.
  • On an iOS device, go to “Settings” > “Email” > “Accounts”, tap the Gmail account, and then select “Delete Account.”

At this stage, you have successfully transferred your emails from Gmail to iCloud. However, you might receive emails on the Gmail account that you don’t want to miss.

Setting Up Email Forwarding From Gmail to iCloud

If you don’t want to access Gmail but still want to receive any new emails sent to your Gmail account, you can forward the emails to your iCloud account. To set this up, follow these steps:

1. Login to and click “Settings” on the gear icon. Select the “Forwarding” tab and “POP/IMAP.”

2. Enter your iCloud address when prompted for a forwarding address.

3. Make sure you verify your Gmail account’s permission by adding a verification code before forwarding any email. If you change your mind, you can easily cancel forwarding by clicking “Remove Address.”

4. All the emails sent to your Gmail account will now forward to your iCloud account.

Why You Don’t Have to Stop Using Gmail

The only reason to switch from Gmail to iCloud is if you have various Apple products that require an iCloud account. But you can access both your iCloud and Gmail email accounts in the Apple Mail app. They will share the same inbox, and you can set up rules to filter emails sent to your different email addresses.

Another valid reason to make a switch is if you’re very privacy-conscious. For instance, if you opt for iCloud, all traffic between every email app you use and the iCloud mail server is encrypted. In contrast, Google scans emails for advertising purposes (although they don’t do it for the paid Google Apps for Work version). In summary, combining both email accounts can save you plenty of time and energy. Just be sure to weigh the benefits and drawbacks before making a final decision.

Need help fighting spam emails? Check out our article on how to stop spam in Mac Mail for more information.


1. How can I set up my Gmail account to forward all my incoming emails to my iCloud account?

Setting up email forwarding from Gmail to iCloud is an easy process. Sign in to your Gmail account and go to “Settings” > “Forwarding and POP/IMAP” > “Add a forwarding address.” After adding the iCloud account address, you’ll need to verify the iCloud address before you can forward emails. Emails sent to your Gmail address will now automatically forward to your iCloud account.

2. Can I access my iCloud email account from Gmail?

Yes, you can use Gmail to access your iCloud account email. Sign in to your Gmail account and click the gear icon settings icon. Select “See all settings,” click the “Accounts and Import” tab, and under “Check mail from other accounts,” click “Add an email account.” In the pop-up that appears, provide the iCloud account email address, and click “Next,” then complete the necessary settings for the account.

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