How to Import Gmail Labels to Outlook

By Ruri Ranbe

Microsoft Outlook uses either the Post Office Protocol or the Internet Messaging Access Protocol to retrieve mail from your Gmail account. POP downloads to your computer each message in your inbox, but IMAP synchronizes data between Gmail and the email software, so that any folders or labels you create with your Google account appear in Outlook as well.

Log in to your Gmail account, click the gear icon and then select "Settings" from the menu.

Select the "Forwarding and POP/IMAP" tab and then click "Disable POP" and "Enable IMAP." Click "Save Settings" to apply your changes.

Open Microsoft Outlook. Select the "File" tab and then click "Add Account" on the Account Information screen.

Enter your name, email address and password into the appropriate fields, and then click "Next." Microsoft Outlook connects to and configures your account automatically.

Click "Finish" to close the Add Account wizard. Click the "Send/Receive" tab and then click "Send/Receive All Folders" to import your labels from Gmail.