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How to Open .PST files in Apple Mail?


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#1 DanCampbell

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Posted 16 January 2018 - 10:03 PM

I have some crucial documents and emails in some .pst files of Outlook for Windows. I have had these files for years and never thought that this day would come when I would need them this badly. I have been running Mac for a couple of years now. I am in need to open these .pst files in Apple Mail or any other email client that runs on Mac and can open these .pst files. 
 
If there is anyone who can resolve this problem, please let me know asap. 
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#2 softeyes

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Posted 17 January 2018 - 12:56 AM

Hi DanCampbell  :welcome:  Welcome to BleepingComputer! 

 

FIRST: Before making any changes to your important files, make sure you have backed them up.

 

I do not have first hand experience with your situation, thus I am not able to provide a tutorial, however I did find the following information that might be useful:

 

Outlook for Mac:

 

https://support.office.com/en-us/article/Import-email-messages-contacts-and-other-items-into-Outlook-2016-for-Mac-6cc48404-a65c-4b8c-a12a-95a905249414

 

https://support.office.com/en-us/article/import-a-pst-file-into-outlook-for-mac-from-outlook-for-windows-b4a6a1d6-94bb-4c85-a4fc-a83dc690e18c

 

Mac App Store: (not free)

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/pst-bridge/id457503727?mt=12

https://itunes.apple.com/in/app/pst-converter-pro/id446401009?mt=12

 

Apple Mail: To import PST files into Apple Mail, you have to convert the files. There are a plethora of converter programs on the Net, many are listed in this Apple Support Community post: (I did not find any of them to be free)

https://discussions.apple.com/thread/7666876 

 

Self edit to add: https://fileinfo.com/extension/pst

 

(Note: all of the above possible solutions were found from the Internet, all sources have not been verified or tested be me)

 


Edited by softeyes, 17 January 2018 - 01:23 AM.


#3 victor1993

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Posted 17 January 2018 - 05:48 AM

  1. Follow these steps to open your .PST file in Apple Mail
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  3. On the Outlook for Mac File menu, click Import.
  4. Click Outlook Data File, and then click the right arrow.
  5. Select a data file type, and then click the right arrow.
  6. Locate the data file on your computer, and then click Import.
  7. When the import process is complete, click Done.


#4 softeyes

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Posted 17 January 2018 - 10:44 PM

 

  1. Follow these steps to open your .PST file in Apple Mail
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  3. On the Outlook for Mac File menu, click Import.
  4. Click Outlook Data File, and then click the right arrow.
  5. Select a data file type, and then click the right arrow.
  6. Locate the data file on your computer, and then click Import.
  7. When the import process is complete, click Done.

 

 

@victor1993 ~ Apple Mail and Outlook for Mac are two different mail programs. What steps can you recommend for the OP @DanCampbell to import his PST files into Apple Mail if he doesn't have Outlook for Mac?



#5 KennethCoblentz

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Posted 19 January 2018 - 09:55 PM

If you can get hold of any windows system then you can try this method:

 

On the PC:
 

  • Install Thunderbird & launch it. Import from Outlook (not Outlook Express)
  • Let it import account settings, contact & email
  • Copy Thunderbird profile (on XP: c:\Documents and Settings\your userid\Application Data\Thunderbird\Profiles\your profile.default, Vista/Win7: c;\Users\your userid\AppData\Roaming\Thunderbird\Profiles\your profile.default) to your Mac using a thumbdrive.

On the Mac:


  • On the Mac, launch Mail.app & go to File ~> Import
  • Choose Thunderbird & import the profile folder you copied to your Mac. The imported mail can be found under "On My Mac"
  • Go to "Mailbox ~> Rebuild

Otherwise, you have the best option to use PST Converter Pro mentioned by softeyes and also listed on Apple Site.



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Posted 21 January 2018 - 02:29 PM

You can't import a .pst file to a Mac without converting it to something else first that Mail can read. Your best bet is one of several third-party tools that will do that.

 

https://www.macworld.com/article/2151263/importing-windows-outlook-messages-into-apples-mail.html



#7 DanCampbell

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Posted 23 January 2018 - 08:16 PM

Thanks for the multiple answers, I would like all to know that the manual methods posted are a total waste of time. I found it much better to opt for an application and solve the issue within minutes. I got this Pst Converter Pro and telling the truth this tool works amazingly. Thanks all. 



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Posted 05 February 2018 - 10:16 AM

Topic closed to avoid further spam efforts.

 

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