Reminder: How to dump Gmail and move to Hotmail

If you have been disturbed about what Google has been doing behind the scenes and want to move from land of Google to Microsoft, we have a handy reminder on how to do that. We know that Google was not the only one spying on you behind your back but for a company whose motto is “Don’t be Evil”, it can certainly no longer be trusted.

We are well aware that there are many email services out there with Hotmail being just one of them. If Hotmail is not your cup of tea, Yahoo and Apple also offer viable alternatives for email. 

But if you want to use Hotmail, it is relatively simple to port your email account to the service and the helpful video below gives step-by-step instructions for the process.

We know that porting your email is only a small step to defending your privacy, but Google (and the others who knowing used the exploits) monitored unauthorized browsing with nefarious intentions. If Google got caught spying here, what else could they be up too? Posted below are the full instructions from Microsoft on how to switch:

  1. Create a Hotmail account. If you don’t already have one, you need to create a Hotmail account. The best way to do this is to get a new email address either @hotmail.com or @live.com. Or, if you already have an email address you want to keep using, you can keep using it and sign up here. You don’t have to use our domain.
  2. Import your old messages from Gmail. You’ll probably want to keep your old email and contacts so we’ve made it simple to bring them in. TrueSwitch is an easy tool which will import your email and contacts and forward any new email to Hotmail for 90 days. Go to the TrueSwitch site and follow the steps there. When you sign back in to Hotmail, you’ll notice that it’s beginning to import your emails (this could take a few hours if you have a lot of emails to bring over).
  3. Connect your Gmail account. This step is optional, but if you want to make sure you receive future messages from Gmail, you can have Hotmail automatically get all new emails that are sent to your old Gmail account. These are the steps to connect your accounts:

          a. In your inbox, click Options and then More options.

          b. Click Sending/receiving email from other accounts.

          c. Click Add an email account.

          d. Provide your Gmail account details

 

A lot of content comes through your inbox such as bank and mortgage statements that Google could be cataloging about you even if you thought you were browsing privately. While Microsoft could certainly do the same as Google, Google has proven that it will intentionally exploit holes in security features to further track your Internet usage. What else the search giant is doing behind the scenes is unknown but considering they are actively exploiting these security holes does open Pandora’s box for other unethical actions. 

 

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NyaR said,
The great thing about Gmail is that you can easily leave it. Not so with Hotmail.

Wow, because clicking 'Options' -> 'Close your account' and verifying with your password is so hard right..

You could do that; if you want your email associated with one of the most insecure services or if you're paranoid that Google knows what websites you visited this month, then yeah sure go ahead and do that. I'll stick with Gmail.

I used HoTMaiL way before MS took it over. I left for good when Google effectively offered their email customers unlimited storage and MS gave me 10 mb. It is too late for MS and I wont go back. The hotmail of today exists because MS had to follow Google and others. I want to be with a company that innovates not follows.

I really resent only having 10 mb of email storage at that time and that they had no free pop or imap access.

derekaw said,
I used HoTMaiL way before MS took it over. I left for good when Google effectively offered their email customers unlimited storage and MS gave me 10 mb. It is too late for MS and I wont go back. The hotmail of today exists because MS had to follow Google and others. I want to be with a company that innovates not follows.

I really resent only having 10 mb of email storage at that time and that they had no free pop or imap access.

That's totally understandable. That said, if we were to "innovatenot follow" I assume you would look at the solution again. Hoepfully I'll see you around with a Hotmail acct in a few months

LMFAO! Yeh sure I,ll go open up a new Hotmail account, after all it was MS who allowed my account to be hacked and sold off, also there fault when said account was logged into and I was charged £50 without my consent. MS customer service was spot on tho, locked out my account for a month then told I would get a refund within 60days. 180, yes 180 days later I was finally refunded.

No im happy with gmail, you can take your hotmail and get to ****!!!

Good to see the scare mongers are out in force, some of you guys are so hesterical it's hilarious xD "OMGZ Google is gonna control da internetz"

Google recently terminated my YouTube account without warning, then re-enabled it after appeals. I was relieved it wasn't my Gmail account and started thinking of using Hotmail (which I mocked people for using).

I rather stay with Yahoo! as my backup (former primary) if they'd turn on full session encryption like Gmail and Hotmail.

I don't think anyone is going to actually switch email services over this although they may say otherwise. Good thing I never liked Gmail and always use Hotmail as the primary service. Far more usable IMHO.

MS benefits from Facebook and their Bing integration. Facebook also does not use the correct P3P cookies either. But that's OK. Let's switch to their mail service instead.

Dump Google! Google was once a good search engine, now they steal data from people's unsecured Wireless routers with their MapCars (packet capturing) and now this exploit? DUMP GOOGLE!

Pro-Microsoft/Hotmail news:
ZOMG Why is this writer so anti Google, it's ridiculous!!

Pro-Google news:
Yeah go ahead, bash that M$ with ****ty hotmail I use GMail and never looked back!!1!1

Anti-Google news:
And you say Micro$oft never does this?? They know your age so of course they do!!!

Okay so aside from the fact that I was absolutely disgusted by Neowin's irresponsibility in perpetuating fear based on ignorance, I'm once again baffled that tech savvy users don't know any better. Has one of you people demonizing google actually read how google works? One? After the initial news about this latest "OMG PRIVACY!" drama it was made pretty clear how it works and why and as others have pointed out it's come out that other services do the same thing - Which doesn't make it right but they should be getting just as much heat for it.

Months after Google first announced changes to their privacy policy users still don't get that the main change there is that Google is just able to share data across the network now to attempt to tailor ads to the user more efficiently. YEARS after the first "zomg google!" drama and I still see people thinking that google reads your email. Believe me, or better yet believe the people at google who have clearly documented how it works, there isn't some guy that sits at Google and reads all your email.

It's absolutely ludicrous that tech savvy users don't get it. Since when have we ever trusted news outlets to give us reliable information about tech stuff? Because 99% of the time they get it wrong. Yet we're apparently willing to trust them on Google, and Neowin now seems to be doing a good job of spreading misinformation on the subject as well. Learn, people, read.

Amarok said,
Okay so aside from the fact that I was absolutely disgusted by Neowin's irresponsibility in perpetuating fear based on ignorance, I'm once again baffled that tech savvy users don't know any better. Has one of you people demonizing google actually read how google works? One? After the initial news about this latest "OMG PRIVACY!" drama it was made pretty clear how it works and why and as others have pointed out it's come out that other services do the same thing - Which doesn't make it right but they should be getting just as much heat for it.

Months after Google first announced changes to their privacy policy users still don't get that the main change there is that Google is just able to share data across the network now to attempt to tailor ads to the user more efficiently. YEARS after the first "zomg google!" drama and I still see people thinking that google reads your email. Believe me, or better yet believe the people at google who have clearly documented how it works, there isn't some guy that sits at Google and reads all your email.

It's absolutely ludicrous that tech savvy users don't get it. Since when have we ever trusted news outlets to give us reliable information about tech stuff? Because 99% of the time they get it wrong. Yet we're apparently willing to trust them on Google, and Neowin now seems to be doing a good job of spreading misinformation on the subject as well. Learn, people, read.

What did you really expect from most people on this site? All though, it makes for a good laugh.

I have moved all my gmail, hotmail/live/msn and yahoo emails into a single .Mac account.

Remember if the people rant selling you a service, then what they are selling is probably your info. They have to make money some way.

I'd like it if When you bought Windows you got an @windows.ms account. That would give people a reason to use Live services. It worked well for Apple and they have a lot less market share. Microsoft would then, since you bought a PC with Windows instead of just making a Live account, give you some discounts on things like Web Office, and extra SkyDrive/Email space.

ok trying to move from gmail to hotmail using the guide above and it keeps telling me my gmail can not be validated o.O i have used the proper passwords etc etc has google blocked trueswitch ?

(Spork) said,
ok trying to move from gmail to hotmail using the guide above and it keeps telling me my gmail can not be validated o.O i have used the proper passwords etc etc has google blocked trueswitch ?

Are you using two step validation on gmail?

meccs said,
The title should read:

Reminder: How to dump the Devil and move to Satan

I agree 100%

I think I'd have to rank Hotmail as about a pubic hair WORSE than Gmail and that's not saying much for either, as both are about 2 of the worst web based e-mails there is!!

After using my brothers hotmail account recently I've decided to move back to hotmail. Created a new alias as well and sucking everything in from GMail. Fed up with Google putting everything together, changing stuff every 10 minutes plus with the size of their ad network targeted advertisting is far too accurate for my liking.

Plus the Windows Live integration with Facebook and Windows Phone makes it a winner too.

The TrueSwitch tool is just not working.. done it 3 times and still no mail migration yet. Got about 1500 gmail emails and only seen 1 appearing in hotmail... and that 1 was from trash... sigh.

rayjin said,
The TrueSwitch tool is just not working.. done it 3 times and still no mail migration yet. Got about 1500 gmail emails and only seen 1 appearing in hotmail... and that 1 was from trash... sigh.

Try the manual way. Set up the Gmail account in Hotmail itself (enable POP for all email in Gmail). Also set up Fowarding from Gmail to the new Hotmail account to get your messages as they come in. Then, go to Hotmail's Contacts page and under the Manager button you'll see the import function for contacts. Lastly, in Goog Calendar's options you can find the private ical link to download the .ics file which you can then import into Hotmail's calendar.

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