Best Methods to Convert Outlook OLM to PST

Best Methods to Convert Outlook OLM to PST

Summary: In this article, we explain few best methods to convert OLM file to PST file which will help you to export emails, contacts and other data from Outlook for Mac to Windows easily and without any risk of data loss. 

If you are using Outlook application in your Mac Computer and export all emails and other data to an OLM for local backup. If you want to import data from OLM file to directly in Windows Outlook than you need to convert OLM to PST file because Outlook in Windows doesn’t support OLM file and then import the PST file in any version of Outlook Software for Windows.

Top Methods to convert OLM file to PST Format

These are the best few methods that you can use to move Outlook mailboxes from Mac OS to Windows and then you can use Import/Export wizard in Outlook app to export all synced data to a PST file.

Method 1: Copy Outlook emails and other data from Mac to Windows:

First export Mac Outlook emails to EML file doing drag and drop the emails to any local folder and then transfer the EML file in your Windows PC and import the file into Outlook.

  1. Open Outlook app on your Mac and select the emails from different mailboxes you want to move into Windows Outlook.
  2. Now drag n drop all selected emails to any folder on your Mac.
  3. These saved emails will be an EML file and then transfer the EML file to Windows PC using any external drive or any other method.
  4. Open Outlook app and create a new folder in Outlook mailbox.
  5. Then move the EML file from Mac to this new folder.

Now you can access all emails from the EML file in Office Outlook and you can also export these emails to PST file using Import/Export wizard.

Method 2: Sync Mac and Windows Outlook mailboxes:

Sign in with the same account in Outlook for Windows which you are using in Outlook for Mac. After sign in all Outlook emails from Mac will automatically synchronize to Windows Outlook from the mailbox server.

After synchronization, you can access your emails in Outlook on Windows and also export to pst file using Import/Export wizard. Then, you can import this PST file in any other Outlook account.

Method 3: Using IMAP Gmail account:

This method is a long manual method to convert OLM to PST file in which you need to use your Gmail account to export your emails from Mac Outlook to Windows Outlook and then export emails to PST file using Import/Export wizard in Outlook application.


  1. Enable IMAP access in your Gmail account settings. 
  2. Add your Gmail account in Outlook for Mac.                                                
  3. Outlook will automatically sync all emails mailboxes & other data from your Gmail account.
  4. Now create a new folder in Gmail account in Outlook and Right-click & copy all the important Outlook mailboxes you want to move to Windows Outlook.                                                                                                            
  5. Search the newly created folder and select that folder and click Copy.                  
  6. Now sign in with the same Gmail account in Outlook on Windows.
  7. After all the Gmail mailboxes sync into Outlook and then export the Mac Outlook email folders you previously to PST file using Import/Export Wizard.

Steps to export emails and other data to PST file using Import/Export wizard in Outlook application:

  1. In Outlook software on Windows navigate to File Tab > Open & Export > Import/Export.                                                                                             
  2. In Import and Export Wizard select Export to a File and click Next.                                                                                                                                       
  3. Here select the Outlook data file (.pst) option and click Next.                                                                                                                                                 
  4. Now select the mailboxes and folders you want to export to PST file and click Next.                                                                                                       
  5. Click on Browse and choose a folder to save the PST file and click Finish.                                                                                                                           

Performing these process will export your Mac Outlook data from OLM file to PST format.

Method 4: Use a third-party software OLM to PST Converter:

All the above-mentioned methods will help you to Migrate from Outlook for Mac to Windows Outlook or converting OLM to PST. Based on the size of your data and internet speed these methods can take several hours to finish the conversion process. There are also risks of data loss and corruption while using these methods.

For an easy, quick and safe method you can use vMail OLM to PST Converter tool directly convert Mac Outlook OLM file into PST file for Outlook on Windows.

Before performing OLM to PST Conversion first you need to save all mailboxes in Outlook for Mac to an OLM file.

  1. Navigate to one of the two below-mentioned folder locations in your Mac Computer. Documents\Microsoft User Data\Office 2011 Identities\Main Identity\Databases   OR     Documents\Microsoft User Data\ MS Office 2011 Identities\Main Identity\Data-Records\Message
  2. In this folder location click on File > Export. A New Export Window will open.
  3. Select all data and a new option Delete items after exporting will appear.
  4. Check Do not want to delete item option.
  5. Now from the Save As option select the destination folder where you want to save the OLM file.
  6. Click on Save to finish the process.
  7. Move this OLM file to any folder on your Windows PC

Steps to use vMail OLM to PST Converter.

  1. Download and Install vMail OLM file Converter.
  2. Open the software and Browser & open the OLM file.                                                                                                                                                           
  3. OLM Converter will automatically scan the file and preview all emails, contacts & other data.
  4. Click on the Export option and a new Export options Tab will open.
  5. Here select a Destination Path and choose PST file from different conversion options (PST, EML, EMLX, MSG, MBOX, HTML, MHTML, PDF, vCard).                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             
  6. Now click on Save Data to start the olm to pst conversion process.

After the process the completes, open the Outlook in Windows and import the PST file using Import/Export wizard to access all emails and other data.

You can also use this OLM to PST Converter to export Outlook data directly from OLM file to Office 365, Exchange Server and Gmail.

Written by 

Ralph Miller is an Email consultant and works with V Software from last 2 years. He provides custom solutions for email process related to MS Outlook, MS Exchange Server, Office 365, and many other Email Clients & Server.


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