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How to Import EML Files to Gmail Mailbox?

Shubham Dixit   
Published: Jul 21, 2023 • Import • 5 Minutes Reading

Nowadays learning to import EML files to Gmail is common among users. However, this task isn’t as easy as it seems because we cannot upload EML files directly into our Gmail account. On the other hand, email clients like Thunderbird or Microsoft Outlook allow us to directly upload EML files without any issues. Therefore, in this article, we will discuss manual and automated solutions to transfer EML files to Gmail. Both these methods work fine, although we have to keep in mind that the manual method has some limitations.

User Query: “Recently I got a new computer. When I was transferring my old system data to the new one, I came across a folder that contains 600+ eml files. I want to access these EML files, but I am unable to do it. Is there any reliable solution to so?

Import EML Files to Gmail Using Different Methods

We can transfer EML files to Gmail in two ways. First, we will provide you with an automated solution to save your time and energy. This solution includes using a third-party tool to import data files to your Gmail mailbox. Another way is to manually import them, but it requires a certain level of technical knowledge.

Method 1: Transfer EML Files to Gmail Like a Pro

It becomes chaotic for users when they try to do this task manually, especially if they lack prior technical knowledge. Therefore, we suggest using a trusted and secure tool such as BitResQ EML File Converter Tool. This tool is tested and trusted by many experts. It is safe and provides an easy-to-use interface that even a novice can use it. We can import EML to Gmail in bulk along with their attachments. Plus, it is compatible with almost every version of Windows and Mac OS.

Now to use this tool efficiently perform, perform the following steps :

Step 1. The first step is to Download the tool we mentioned.

Step 2. Next step, click on Select Files or Select Folders to choose desired EML files for import.

Select files to start the importing process

Step 3. Once the desired EML files are selected, choose the Gmail option to import them.

Selecting Gmail to Import EML files.

Step 4. Now we have to provide our Gmail Login Credentials to proceed ahead in the process.

Entering Gmail credentials

Step 5. In the final step, click on Convert and within a moment you’ll get a notification when the process completes.

Click on Convert to import EML files to Gmail.

This tool comes in two versions for its user. In the free demo version, users can import 25 emails to Gmail and check if performance is up to their expectations. If they found it useful then they can go for the licensed version of this tool and can continue to bulk importing of EML files.

Method 2:  Import EML to Gmail Manually

As of now, there is no way users can manually import EML files to Gmail directly. Therefore, we will use another email client like Thunderbird (in our case) to import emails. Perform the following steps:

Also Read: Best Way to Convert EML Files to MBOX Manually

Step 1. On your computer install Thunderbird application.

Step 2. Then set up a Gmail account in Thunderbird.

Step 3. Once the account setup is done, now Select a Folder where we want to import the EML file (for example Inbox).

Step 4. Now Right-click on the selected folder and click on New Folder.

Right click on Inbox, then select New Folder option.

Step 5. In the window that appears, type the name of the folder to be created, let’s say, Imported EML Files, and hit the button Create Folder.

Enter folder name for the newly created folder.

Step 6. After that, we need to select a file or group of files and drag them to the newly created subfolder in Mozilla Thunderbird.

Step 7. Once these EML files get imported into Thunderbird, they’ll also start reflecting on Gmail.

The manual method will work fine for us only when we have limited data files to import. As the number of files increases the process will become slower. If you are a non-tech person, then you may find it difficult to follow along with the steps. Also, this is not an optimal solution if there are multiple EML files to transfer.

Moreover, the settings and configuration of each step must be accurate otherwise there is a risk of loss of valuable data. 


In this article, we discussed how users can transfer EML files to Gmail quickly. There are methods like manual and automated ones to help you import email (.EML) files to Gmail. The manual solution requires technical knowledge and can consume a lot of your time.

Therefore, we suggest using an automated solution like the tool we mentioned above. As it is safe to use, can do the bulk conversion to Gmail using this tool instantly and accurately.


Q1. What is an EML file?

Ans.  EML (or Electronic mail) file is an email message that is saved by an email application like Outlook or Apple Mail. It stores information like the content of a message, the subject with the sender’s and recipient’s detail and the date of the message.

Q2. What software opens EML files?

Ans. We can easily access EML files by using an email client such as Microsoft Outlook, Apple Mail, Outlook Express or Thunderbird.

Q3. What is the EML file extension for Chrome?

Ans. Google Chrome allow us to open EML files inside it, by simply dragging the file from our computer onto a new tab.