All You Need to Know About Google Vault to Office 365 Migration

Ashish Ratan Singh | February 11th, 2017 | Migration, Office 365

The Google Vault does not allow the users to directly transfer/ move the Google Vault data to Office 365. To access the Google Vault data using Microsoft Outlook, first, a user needs to export the Google Vault data to MBOX file format. The MBOX file format can be easily converted using either manual methods or the third-party software.

So, in this article, we will discuss Google Vault to Office 365 migration without any loss of the data.

Features of Google Vault

• Archiving Emails and Chat

The user can customize the rules of control retention on how long email and chats can be kept before it is removed from the user mailbox permanently.

• Searching Drive File

By using this feature Google lets user search drive results including the non-supported Google files JPG, DOCX, PDF etc.

• Searching Emails

This is the most powerful function and the most preferred feature by the user for email investigations with which the user can search the particular email account, date or keyword. Also, the Google Vault supports Gmail based Boolean searches and wild-card operators.

• Export

It is the second most used feature by the Google Vault users which exports the selected emails or archived emails to a specific file.

Steps for Google Vault to Office 365 Migration

The steps for transferring/ moving emails to Microsoft Office 365 from Google Vault are as follows:

  1. Export the Google Takeout as MBOX file format.
  2. Import the MBOX to intermediate file format (which is, Outlook PST).
  3. Import Outlook data file to Office 365.

Step 1. Export the Google Takeout as MBOX File Format

Here the user must perform the following steps mentioned below:

  • Click on the Export Results from the list of Search Results.
  • Now provide the name for the export.
  • After that begin the Export process.
  • After the completion of the Export, process clicks on the View Completed Files.
  • Now click on the Download option which is next to the file.

Note: Exported MBOX data is available for 15 days only and it automatically gets deleted after 15 days.

Step 2. Import the MBOX to Intermediate Outlook File

The steps for converting the MBOX files to Outlook data file is as follows:

  • Open the Microsoft Outlook application and click on the Import and Export option to open the Import and Export window.
  • Now click on the Import from Another program or file option and select the exported Google Vault MBOX file and then click on the Next button.
  • Now click on the Personal Folders File and finally click on the Next button.
  • After that click on the Browse button to locate or store the converted Outlook data files and then click on the Next button.

The methods and steps mentioned above are very easy and simple to perform. Once the Google Vault exports the data in MBOX file format then the user can import that MBOX data file in Microsoft Outlook application.

Step 3. Import Intermediate File to Office 365

The Outlook PST file can be transferred/ imported to Office 365/Exchange Online using drive shipping or network upload methods.


Google Vault application exports the data in the MBOX file format. Also, here we discussed the ways of Google Vault to Office 365 migration. For Microsoft Outlook users first, they need to import the MBOX files in Outlook application and then they can view the data in Office 365 using the two steps mentioned above.