Combine Two or More Email Accounts into One

If you've created multiple email accounts over the years and are now having trouble managing them, you may be thinking of consolidating all of your accounts into one. Combining email accounts is beneficial in many cases as it centralizes communication, improves security, and simplifies management.

Email service providers like Gmail, Outlook, Yahoo, or AOL do not typically offer the functionality to combine email accounts into one inbox. Fortunately, there is a workaround: you can copy the emails from your various email accounts into one account that you intend to use moving forward. Then you can delete the unwanted email addresses.

There are two ways of combining emails from secondary email accounts with the primary account: automatic and manual. We'll cover both methods in this article, and we'll start with the automatic option as it's more efficient.

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If you want to avoid any manual work and get quick, accurate results, you should consider using VaultMe as your email migration tool.

VaultMe is a secure application for copying emails between online accounts. It supports hundreds of email service providers, including Gmail, Yahoo Mail, and, and does not require the installation of additional software on your computer.

Combine different email accounts automatically using VaultMe

Here's why we recommend VaultMe:

  • The app saves the formatting, the read/unread status, dates, and attachments of all email messages
  • It recreates the folder structure of the old account in the new account
  • It doesn't remove messages from the old account
  • It works in a browser so that you can close it and even power off your device once the migration starts
  • You can set up a migration using your computer or any mobile device that has a browser
  • The setup process only takes a couple of minutes and is easy to follow

VaultMe is a paid service, but, according to user reviews, it pays off to get the job done quickly and accurately.

If you have any questions about VaultMe, please contact us at We'd be happy to help!

Here's what you should know before you attempt to consolidate your email accounts manually:

  • You will need to install an email application (such as Thunderbird or Outlook) on your computer to be able to copy emails between the accounts.
  • You'll have to ensure that you have enough free storage space on your hard drive for a temporary copy of the emails that you want to copy.
  • Depending on the size of your email account, exporting messages from the secondary account and importing them into the primary account may take up to several days or even weeks.
  • Manual transfer can result in data loss and disorganization of the copied content. The accuracy of the results may also be negatively affected by disruptions in power supply and internet connection.
  • The copying process may slow down the work of your computer significantly and increase its power consumption. The computer will need to stay powered for as long as the migration is running.

To combine emails using an email client:

  1. Connect your secondary account to the app. This is the account that you want to copy messages from. You may need to know the server host name and port settings of your account to be able to connect it.
  2. Export your emails. To do that, go to the Import/Export menu and download your email archive as an .pst file. (The screenshot below has been taken in Outlook. The Import/Export menu in other email apps may differ.)
    The menu for exporting the archive in an email client
    How to copy emails to another account manually, Step 2: Export your email
  3. Connect your primary Gmail account to the desktop app. This is the account that you want to copy your emails to.
  4. Select your primary account and import the downloaded emails. To do that, go to the Import/Export menu and select the downloaded file.
  5. Repeat with each secondary account if you need to combine multiple email accounts.

After you've finished copying your emails from the secondary accounts into the primary one, there are several steps that you can take:

  1. Set email forwarding in the old accounts. If you are not planning to delete the accounts that you don't use often, you can set email forwarding in these accounts to get new emails in your primary account. However, this may not be possible with service providers and accounts. For example, while Gmail allows you to forward emails, unfortuantely Yahoo has disabled forwarding for free accounts.
  2. Inform your contacts. Remember to notify your contacts of your primary email address. You can do this by setting a vacation reply in your old accounts so that when someone contacts you, they'll know that you are now using a different email address.
  3. Update online accounts. If your old email addresses are linked to one or multiple online accounts that you have (such as banks, social media, etc.), update the accounts with your primary email address.
  4. Delete the email accounts that you no longer need. Remember that deleting an account will erase all data that is associated with it, including any files, contacts, and calendars. Make sure you've successfully saved all of your valuable content before you proceed.
  1. Is there a way to merge all email accounts?

    While email service providers do not typically offer the functionality to merge different email accounts, you can consolidate emails from all of your accounts into one primary email account. We recommend using VaultMe, the secure automated tool for email consolidation, but you may consider other tools with varying degrees of precision.

    Combine different email accounts using VaultMe
  2. Can you merge two Outlook accounts?

    For security reasons, it's not possible to merge or combine Microsoft 365 / Outlook accounts, but you can transfer emails from one account to another and close the account you no longer need. Consider using the advice provided in this article for a smooth transition.

  3. Can you combine Gmail accounts?

    Just like many other email providers, Gmail does not offer the ability to merge or combine different Gmail accounts. You can, however, consolidate emails from different accounts by manually transferring emails from one account to the other or using an automated tool like VaultMe.

In conclusion, consolidating multiple email accounts into one offers numerous benefits, including centralized communication, enhanced security, and simplified management. While email service providers typically do not offer built-in features for merging accounts, there are effective methods for combining emails available.

Automatic tools such as VaultMe are efficient and offer accurate results as they preserve formatting, folder structure, and message details. Even though VaultMe is a paid service, automated migrations pay off according to user reviews.

Manual consolidation using an email client has several critical limitations. However, this method remains a viable option for those on a tight budget.

If you have any questions about VaultMe, please contact us at We'd be happy to help!