Updated on March 27th, 2023
MS Outlook supports PST files and all the emails are stored in it. But when you upgrade yourself to Office 365 then you need to Import PST to Office 365. Therefore, here you can explore the various methods to import PST file emails, contacts, and all mailbox items to Office 365. You are free to choose the manual method or the PST Converter. But first, understand the difference between Office 365 and PST and why users must import the Outlook PST File to O365.
PST or .pst (Personal Storage Table) is a Microsoft Outlook email server file extension. It allows users to access multiple account items configured to Outlook for each user through a private Outlook data file.
Office 365 is a web-mail Outlook similar to MS Outlook and is popularly known as OWA- Outlook Web Access. Users can do work on O365 when they have an internet facility. Moving ahead, I will mention the causes why users prefer Office 365 over MS Outlook.
In this upcoming section, I will elaborate some benefits of Office 365 that will help you to clear all doubts.
Here, I have mentioned some reasons to migrate PST to Office 365. Furthermore, I will discuss how to add PST file to Office 365.
I will discuss four different methods to import PST file to Office 365. You just need to understand and follow any of them where you feel comfortable to accomplish it.
Here, I have given you a little glimpse of all the procedures. Furthermore, I will elaborate on each of them in detail.
To migrate the Outlook PST file, you need to use Import/ Export Wizard. But first of all, install the Outlook Application.
After the importing process, you will be able to see access the mailbox items on your O365 account. To transfer the PST files, you need to repeat the above steps. From this method, you can import PST to Office 365 easily.
To opt for the method, you must allot the Mail, Import, and Export Recipients roles to the user account. After that, you can move PST to Office 365. In such a case, it will require Azure AZCopy Utility.
To Import PST to Office 365, you can create an Import job. You can follow the below steps for better clearance.
Wait for a while, your PST files will upload to Azure Storage.
Azcopy copy “pathToFolder/ContainingPST” “SAS URL” –recursive=true
Note: Make sure that your PST files will not exceed over 20 GB. It will affect the migration process to import PST to Office 365.
First, you need to install the Azure Storage Explorer to verify added MS Outlook PST files. You can follow the below procedure.
Before launching the PST Import Job, you can sign in to Microsoft 365 and use the Import Data tool.
Therefore, I have completed the manual procedure to import PST file to Office 365. But it is very time-consuming and too complicated for users. Even it has a high risk of losing data during the migration process. If you do not want to face any errors, you can opt for the third-party utility. I will highlight this further.
Sysinfo PST Converter is the tool that I was talking about in the above section. It helps users to export PST files to Office 365 without any loss and in a few clicks. Even though, there is a preview feature available where users can see their chosen files before the migration process. Users have the choice to remove duplicate PST files during the conversion process. Additionally, I will discuss the working of the automated solution that will be beneficial to you further.
It will lead to completing the conversion process safely.
First of all, I have given you an overview of PST files and the Office 365 email client. After that, I discussed both manual and alternate approaches to learning how to Import PST into Office 365. You can opt for any of them.
About The Author:
Amrita Yadav is a content writer in the field of Email Migration, Data Recovery, Email backup, and File Management. I started this writing career two years back. I think the vast range of information in this industry is the reason I am so fascinated to read about the newer techniques and technology.