Migrating email to Google Workspace


Google changed the name of its G Suite product to Google Workspace. See the following article for more information:

This article explains how to import email from your old DreamHost email address to your new Google Workspace email address.


Step 1 — Confirm your domain has been verified

Before you can migrate email, Google must first verify your domain. This usually happens within a few hours, but could potentially take up to 24 hours. You can confirm if your domain has been verified by following these steps:

  1. Log into your Google Workspace console.
  2. Click the 'Apps' option.
  3. Select the 'Google Workspace' tile. 
    A red warning appears If your domain has not been verified.

If you're seeing this warning, you must wait until Google has auto-verified your domain. When Google has verified your domain, you will see all of your apps are enabled.

Step 2 — Confirm your site is using an SSL certificate

Before proceeding, make sure your domain is using an active SSL certificate. If it's not, you will not be able to use this method.

Step 3 — Import email using the Google Workspace migration tool

  1. Log into your Google Workspace console.
  2. From the menu, select the 'Account' option.
  3. Click the 'Data migration' option.
  4. Click 'Set data migration up'.
  5. Make the selections in the following dropdown menus:
    • Migration source — Select 'Other IMAP server'.
    • Connection protocol — Select 'IMAP' and then enter the IMAP Server Name imap.dreamhost.com.
    • Role account — Enter the email and password you used to log into your DreamHost email account.
  6. Click the Start button.
  7. Select the time frame and folders you would like to migrate.
  8. Click the Select Users button at the bottom to select your Google Workspace user.
  9. Enter the address you're migrating from and the user you're migrating to.
  10. Click the Start button.
  11. After you see a confirmation message notifying you that the migration has begun, return here to check the progress of the migration.
  12. Once complete, check your Google Workspace email to confirm everything has been migrated.

Manually copy emails from your DreamHost account to Google Workspace

This process involves using a mail client such as Thunderbird. You would set up both your DreamHost email address and your Google Workspace email address in this program using separate server and password credentials for each.

Once both are connected, simply drag and drop from your DreamHost account into your Google Workspace account. The following article walks you through this process:

Manually importing emails you have backed up

Google has many tools that you can use to import old emails (from backups or mail programs on your computer). These include:

You can also check with Google’s support list of current email migration options for all the details, links, and for further information or support from Google:


What happened to all my email messages?

If you find that you are missing email messages, you can access the old addresses at DreamHost by using the DreamHost email subdomain domain to connect to your old mail server. View the following article for further instructions:

You can then back up those emails to your computer and upload to Gmail using the instructions from the following articles:

Be sure to use your Google Workspace email credentials when logging in using an email client.

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