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How to Convert Thunderbird to Outlook 2019? Go Free or Go Safe!

Admin | June 20th, 2019 | Data Migration, Thunderbird

With the growing popularity of MS Outlook, people are exporting Thunderbird to Outlook 2019, 2016, 2013. Here, we will be defining two process for the same: one free, one safe.

Available for multiple platforms, Mozilla Thunderbird is a free open source application that helps in managing emails. It possesses a variety of features which can be further extended with extensions. This makes Thunderbird a popular choice among users, especially home users. When it comes to organizations and professionals, Thunderbird is just not enough. And that is where MS Outlook comes in. With security details and functionalities surpassing most other email applications, MS Outlook has emerged to be the global leader among the email clients.

So migration from Thunderbird to Outlook PST has now become a common phenomenon. But if you have actually tried to do it, you know exactly how complicated it can be. Without specialized solutions, the chances of failure are too much. You may end up with missing data while managing to waste all your efforts and time with the so-called free workaround solutions.

Common Issues While Converting Thunderbird to Outlook 2019

  • Lost Headers
  • Missing Folder structure
  • No Dates
  • Messed up Order of File/Emails
  • Broken Images & Links
  • Missing Attachments

There is no point in giving so much time and effort in methods that disturbs the originality of data and generates incomplete results.

So think hard before you go for any approach:

  1. Migrate Thunderbird Emails the Secure Way
  2. Convert Thunderbird Data the Free Way

How to Export Thunderbird to Outlook 2019? – The Secure Way

Opt for a specialist application for such purpose. MBOX to Outlook Converter – One that has the ability to perform the conversion without exposing a single bit of data to risk factors. What do you get in return? Just some perks which are sure to excite you up:

  • No loss of data, whether it is:
    message content, embedded images, formatting, attachments, message status or email headers like address, from, subject, date, etc.
  • Original folder structure with no manual effort or involvement required.
  • Either directly fetch data from Thunderbird application or scan the associated Thunderbird MBOX file.
  • Converts to UNICODE PST – compatible with all Outlook version i.e., Outlook 2019, 2016, 2013 or lower.

As far as the steps are considered, all you require to do is:

1. Add the MBOX file/ configured Thunderbird profile directly

2. Preview all the emails and attachments from scanned data

3. Choose from a variety of user-oriented export options

4. Convert them in Outlook PST with complete originality

For detailed steps: https://www.freeviewer.org/guide/mbox-to-pst.html

Having doubts? View Video and See How Easy it is!

Still Want the Free Thunderbird to Outlook Conversion Way? Well, Here it is

This is by far the most successful free manual procedure among all that you can find on the internet. All those workarounds involving external applications will give you nothing but a headache with a large and complicated procedure. And even after that, the conversion success rate is too low to consider. So let us get right into this method.

1. Open Mozilla Thunderbird application on the local system

2. Now open the mailbox folder(say, Inbox) that contains all your messages to be moved to Outlook

3. Select the emails as per requirement. You can do this one message at a time or in bulk with Ctrl+A

4. Now save the email messages by right-clicking and choosing to Save as option

5. Afterward, select the folder and export the emails in EML format

6. Once you have the EML files, run MS Outlook application

7. Now, create a new folder in the Outlook program and name it accordingly

8. Then, select all the EML files you exported earlier from Thunderbird

9. Drag and drop all these messages into the newly created folder in MS Outlook

10. Wait for the transfer to complete. The total completion period depends upon the number of messages to be transferred.

11. Finally, all the emails will be moved from Thunderbird to MS Outlook.

This free process even after being better than other workarounds is still far from perfect. The success only defines the email message part. It does not show the sheer amount of time and effort put by the users. And this is just one of the risky traits.

  • What about folder hierarchy? Of course, it will be all messed up. It just involves moving the messages. No special conditions or anything that can ensure structure maintenance.
  • Is it suitable for large scale transfer? Again the answer is no. In normal cases, the conversion of emails from Thunderbird to Outlook via drag-drop takes long hours to complete(for emails numbering in hundreds). So anything more than that is a waste of precious time and effort.
  • And, Loss of Data? A process such as this has more often than not resulted in some sort of data loss. Be it missing SMTP headers, messed up characters, or even corrupt email messages.

So ultimately the choice is yours to make – a free method with low-quality conversion or a specialized tool with high-class migration.

Ready to Download & Try the Tool for Free?

Yes for free! This intuitive utility is available on a free trial basis as well. You can simply download it and export 25 emails from Thunderbird to Outlook 2019, 2016, 2013 easily. Afterward, just compare the emails before and after conversion to see how effective this tool is.

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