You have been an avid user to Outlook and have years’ worth of data stored in the form of OLM files. But now you are switching to Apple Mail and want to know how to import .OLM file to Apple Mail.
I am sure you have tried the simple intuitive way of importing files into any client. You went to Apple Mail, clicked on ‘File’ à ‘Import Mailboxes’ and wanted to select the appropriate .OLM file format to import your Olm files.
But what’s this? There’s no option to import .OLM format, nor is there any mentioning of Mac Outlook.
Yes, one of the troubles of email migration is that the file that one client uses isn’t compatible with the other, and that’s exactly the case here. So, let me break it down to you in simplest terms for your original question of how to import OLM file to Apple Mail – there is no possible way to import OLM file to Apple Mail in its original form.
What do you do? Clearly, there must be some way to migrate your data from Outlook to Apple Mail even if you cannot import OLM to Apple Mail.
There is, and if you look around on web, you will few find alternatives. One of the most common approaches is to sync your data to an email server (just add a new dummy account to Mac Outlook and sync the data online). Add that email account to Apple Mail, and this time sync the data back into the client.
Other methods aren’t so popular since they are too technical. MX records modification, property mapping, manual forwarding of emails, and anything else of this nature is clearly out of bounds for basic home user. These techniques don’t even work well in a work-environment where they are experts for such IT projects.
Hate to break it to you, the above manual approach and other highly technical methodologies are all too complex and inefficient.
The simple one is to convert .OLM file to MBOX file for Apple Mail.
What is MBOX file, you ask? It is simply the native file format that Apple Mail employs for storing data (just as OLM is for Mac Outlook). So, by OLM to MBOX file conversion, you don’t have to import .OLM file to Apple Mail; you rather put all your contents into a new file with .MBOX extension and then import that file.
And how do you do that?
Here’s another catch-22 into our destination of perfect data export. Converting OLM to MBOX files is manually impossible. There are third-party apps to do that for you. And how this conversion will turn out to be depends on which tool you are going to use.
There are few decently built tools, but when it comes to tasks like these, decent isn’t enough.
Thankfully, we came up with a perfect tool built by a renowned software company (USL Software) that you can use right now and get all your .Olm files to Apple Mail by simply converting them to .MBOX.
It’s called “OLM Extractor Pro” and it has the inner structure that wins over all the other OLM to MBOX conversion tools that you can find. The intelligent algorithms written to extract the entirety of your data within OLM files work its magic and deliver precise and clean MBOX files.
There’s a lot more to “OLM Extractor Pro” that can be covered here. To give you an idea, it has functions like merging contacts to VCF file, merging calendars to ICS file, saving read & unread emails to separate folders, etc.
The best way to find out about these features and how exactly can you use them to your advantage is to download the free trial version here.
How to import OLM files to Apple Mail is one of the most commonly asked questions when it comes to switching email clients. And unfortunately, the answers available till now have been disappointing.
Hopefully, “OLM Extractor Pro” will change that for you.