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How to Import Google Takeout to Thunderbird Account? Read This!

Import Google Takeout into Thunderbird

Justin Cener | Modified: 2023-05-24T12:09:43+00:00| Email Migration | 5 Minutes Reading

In the following segment of the blog, we will discuss all the possible ways to import Google Takeout to Thunderbird account. Because in the last few days, we have received several queries from users on how to move Google Takeout emails to Thunderbird account. Some of these queries are:

I have downloaded my data from Google Mail using Takeout services, but I am not aware of the extension in which my data exists. I want to store my data files in my Thunderbird profile. Is there any manual solution available?”
“I want to terminate my services with Google Mail, and somehow, I was able to backup my mailbox data. When I open the backup folder, I find a jumble of small data files. I don’t know how to manage them. Please help me import all my Takeout emails to the Thunderbird account.”

Table of Contents

Quick Glance at Google Takeout and Thunderbird

  • Google Takeout: The Google Takeout services allow users to archive their data files from all Google properties to their local computers. It includes 47 platforms to export your data files, including Gmail, Email Files, Contacts, Calendars, etc.
  • Thunderbird: The Mozilla Thunderbird is an open-source email platform that allows generating a desktop Mail environment while working with multiple webmail clients. Users can easily configure their accounts to the Thunderbird application using the IMAP and POP Settings. The best part of the Thunderbird Mail application is it provides a two-way synchronizing process.

Both Takeout and Thunderbird are totally different from each other. The Takeout is a backup service of Google, and Thunderbird is an open-source desktop Mail application that allows configuring of both IMAP and POP mailing platforms. However, In the next section of the blog, users will explore a free and automated solution to import Google Takeout to Thunderbird account.

Free Ways to Import Google Takeout into Thunderbird Account

The procedure to move Google Takeout emails to Thunderbird account is categorized into three sections:

  1. Export of Data Using Takeout Services
  2. Configuration of Mail in Thunderbird
  3. Transfer of Google Takeout emails into Thunderbird Accounts

Note: If you already have the Takeout file and Thunderbird profile set up, you can skip directly to step 3.

Phase 1) Export Data Using Takeout Services: Users can follow the mentioned Infographics to create a data archive.

steps to export takeout data

Phase 2) Setup Thunderbird Mail Account: Users have to set up the Thunderbird account to continue the process. Once you install it, you have to follow the mentioned procedure:

  1. Open Thunderbird.
  2. Click on “Local Folder” >> “Account Actions” >> “Add Mail Account”.
  3. Now, users must “Provide Name, Email Address, and Password.”
  4. Next, select the configuration settings “IMAP or POP” and click on “Done”.

setup thunderbird account

Now, you have reached to the last step to import Google Takeout to Thunderbird account. It’s recommend to follow the all the steps for a successful data migration.

Phase 3) Import Google Takeout into Thunderbird:

Using Add-ons: You have completed all the necessities. The next step is to download the Add-on to complete the process.

1) Open Thunderbird

2) Click on the “ALT” key, and from the Ribbon bar, click on Tools >> Add-On.


3) You have to install the “Import/Export NG” Add-on.

install extension

4) Afterward, select the folder in which you wish to import data.

5) Made right-click “Import Export NG” >> “Import MBOX File” and choose the required import option.

import Takeout file to Thunderbird

6) Next, browse and open the file, and all your Takeout emails will be stored in your Thunderbird profile.

That’s all about the manual solution to import Google Takeout to Thunderbird account. However, the process requires technical knowledge and enough time to complete. If you want to complete the entire procedure, move Google Takeout Emails to Thunderbird in a few moments. The next section of the blog is going to be fruitful for you.

Expert Way to Move Google Takeout File to Thunderbird

The above manual solution is quite evident that it is complicated and time-consuming. Also, it requires installing various add-ons to transfer emails from Takeout to Thunderbird account.

But users can avoid all manual solution limitations by using the DataSkorpio Google Takeout Converter. It is a magical solution that allows users to move Takeout files directly to the Thunderbird account without difficulty.

Additionally, the wizard allows you to store Takeout data across multiple platforms with a maintained folder structure and data integrity. Let’s take a look at the working steps of this software.

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Steps to Import Takeout into Thunderbird

Follow the Steps to Move Takeout Emails to Thunderbird Account.

1) Run the software on Windows OS and click on the “Open Tab” from the first interface.

run software

2) In the drop-down list, click on the “Email Data files” >> “Takeout Files” >> “Upload Zip File or Folder.”

upload zip file

3) The software will analyze the data folders and quickly generates a preview of data items stored in them.

preview takeout emails

4) Once you Preview the data items, click on the “Export” button and select the “Thunderbird” option.

successfully import takeout to thunderbird

5) Next step is to select the “Data folder” for selective conversion and apply multiple data filters. At last, click on the Save button to finish the process.

apply data filters

Ending Note

In this informative article, we have discussed how a user can import Google Takeout to Thunderbird account with all meta properties. Also, we have defined free and paid solutions to complete the process. However, the manual process requires technical abilities for effortless data migration. It would be best to go with automatic solution rest is up to you.

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