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Email move

How can I move email fom Comcast to a different email, such as gmail? Or how can I backup Comcast email on my hard drive?

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Re: Email move

Do you mean you want to transfer your Inbox to Gmail?  In Gmail, navigate to the Inbox page, and click on the gear icon at the upper right of the page.  Then click on Settings, and then on Accounts and Import, then on Import Mail and Contacts.  Follow the prompts.  It will copy your information into Gmail.  It does not remove anything from the Comcast account.  

 

As for backing up any webmail to an external drive, you need to be using a desktop client like Outlook, Mozilla Thunderbird, Mac Mail, Windows Live Mail or some other to do that.

 




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Re: Email move

Moving email from Comcast's webmail (aka Xfinify Connect) to your computer.

People want to do this for a variety of reasons, the main ones being to backup the email, or to get local copies prior to switching ISPs.

Notes
You have to do this with an email client (like Outlook Express, Outlook, Windows Mail, Thunderbird, etc.).
You can only do this via POP3, and POP3 can only download email that's in the webmail Inbox.
IMPORTANT The default behavior of almost all POP3 email clients is to delete messages after downloading them. If you want copies of your email to still be available via webmail you have to configure the email client to "leave messages on server".
Different email clients have different ways of storing email. Although it's generally possible to export/import the various formats from client to client, viewing the downloaded email conveniently will always require using an email client.

Setup
Empty out the Inboxes of both webmail (unless you're only interested in what's in the webmail Inbox) and the email client. Create Temp folders and move messages in the Inbox to the Temp folder if necessary.
Create folders in the email client that correspond to the webmail folders.
Email client config: port 995, SSL, Leave messages on server; detailed configuration steps for some common email clients can be found here: http://forums.comcast.com/t5/E-Mail-and-Xfinity-Connect-Help/E-Mail-Client-Settings-customer-generat... . That doesn't address the "Leave messages on server" aspect. Best bet there is to Google on "'your email software' 'version number' + leave messages on server" (without the single or double quotes).

How to do it
Move a folder's worth of messages into the webmail Inbox.
Download via email client
Move messages in the client Inbox to the appropriate folder (should be as simple as CTRL-A > Move)
Move messages in the webmail Inbox back to where they were.
Move another folder's worth of messages into the webmail Inbox.
Etc.

 

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