Open EML Files In Gmail (Easy Step-by-Step Guide)

Gmail does not have a built-in way to directly open or import EML files into your inbox. 

To open an EML file in Gmail you will need to use Mozilla Thunderbird to import the EML file into your Gmail inbox. Once the EML file is imported you will be able to open it directly in Gmail.

In this article, I will show you how to use Mozilla Thunderbird to import and open EML files in Gmail.

Step 1 – Download And Install Mozilla Thunderbird  

1 – Go to the official Thunderbird homepage and click on the “free download” button. 

Download And Install Mozilla Thunderbird Step-1

2 – Open the setup file when it has finished downloading and go through the installation process. 

3 – When the installation is complete check the “open Mozilla thunderbird now” box and click on the “finish” button. 

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Step 2 – Connect Your Gmail Account To Thunderbird 

1 – In the account setup tab enter your full name along with your email address and password for the Gmail account that you want to connect to, then click continue. 

Connect Your Gmail Account To Thunderbird Step 1

2 – Select the IMAP configuration and then click done.

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3 – A new window will open in your default browser asking you to log into your Gmail account. Enter your account password and then click the “sign-in” button. 

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4 – On the next page, click on the “allow” button to give Thunderbird the access it needs to your Gmail account. 

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Step 3 – Drag And Drop The EML File From Your Computer To Your Gmail Inbox in Thunderbird

1 – Click on the first tab in ThunderBird.

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2 – In the list of folders to the left of the screen, click on the inbox folder located under your email address.

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3 – On your computer open the folder where the EML file or files are located. 

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4 – Select all the EML files that you would like to open in Gmail.

5 – While the files are selected left-click and hold then drag the files and drop them in the thunderbird inbox area.

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6 – Locate the imported EML file within Thunderbird to make sure it was successfully imported. It will be placed in your inbox as an email in chronological order.    

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Step 4 – Open The Imported Email In Gmail. 

1 – Go to your Gmail inbox

2 – Locate the email that was imported as an EML file. (In Gmail the EML file will appear as a new email at the top of the email list)

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3 – Open the email to read it within Gmail. 

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