How to Export G Suite Emails to PST (Outlook)?

Himanshu Goyal
Himanshu Goyal | Updated On - 03 Mar 2022 |

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Google Workspace (G Suite) has always been a great platform for setting email accounts with your domain. Besides, it gives you access to multiple exceptional features that are not available with other email platforms. Especially access to Google Drive, Google Sheets, Docs, and other Google applications make it worth. But, after Microsoft introduced Outlook 2019, a lot of organizations are planning to use Outlook for their email operations.

Google Workspace is an ideal platform for small businesses and startups, as it is less expensive and comes with flexible subscription plans. But, when an organization starts growing, it prefers using an application like MS Outlook, which is easy to use, convenient, and flexible.

Extracting data from G Suite and migrating it to PST is not a simple task. Although you can export a single IMAP mailbox to MBOX format, it is not worthy if you have to export multiple G Suite mailboxes to Outlook.

Here, we will discuss how you can export G Suite mailboxes to PST with manual methods, as well as an automated solution that is designed for the same.

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Methods to Export G Suite to PST

Generally, two possible methods can be used to export G Suite mailboxes to PST. Both these methods require some technical expertise and G Suite admin credentials to export the mailboxes.

1st Method – Using G Suite/Google Workspace Admin Console

Using the G Suite Admin console is one of the best methods to export G Suite mailboxes to PST. From here, you can use the Data Export tool to export your mailboxes. Before using this utility, you need to make sure of the following things:

  • Have an account in your domain for more than 30 days
  • Credentials and permissions of Super administrator for your domain
  • Activation of 2-step verification on your account
  • Have less than 1,000 users on your Google Workspace account

After confirming these points, you can move on to use the Data Export tool with the following steps:

  1. Open the Data Export tool in the G Suite admin console by clicking Open at the top-right; click Data Export under the Tools.
  2. Now, click Start Export.

The tool might take up to 9 days to export your data based on the size of the mailboxes. Once the data is exported, you will get an email with the information to export it to an alternative service. After exporting the data, you can even check the export report to see what data has been exported.

Limitations of using Data Export Tool

  • You cannot export specific data with the Data Export Tool
  • You can repeat data export before 30 days of the last export
  • It doesn’t support all types of data export
  • The data will be stored in zip format in the Google Cloud

2nd Method – Using MS Outlook

Most of you might already know that you can export Outlook data to PST using the import/export feature. What you might not know that if you configure your G Suite account with Outlook, then you can export that data to PST easily.

However, before doing so, you will have to take care of a few things, such as:

  • You need to configure the G Suite account with Admin credentials
  • You will have to backup G Suite mailboxes one-by-one
  • Make sure your G Suite doesn’t contain more than 100 mailboxes

After taking care of these things, you can configure your G Suite account with Outlook and then export data from Outlook to PST file format.

Limitations of export using Outlook

  • It can export data of a single account only.
  • It can create only two files of data – PST and CSV.
  • PST file is accessible in Outlook only.
  • Sometimes the cells in CSV files are empty due to improper arrangement of data.
  • It can export the data from an active account only.
  • Outlook can create a data file till 15 GB only that is too little for G Suite mailboxes.

Alternative Method

If you don’t want to indulge yourself in any hassle while exporting the G Suite mailboxes, then there is a direct solution to export the mailboxes – Kernel G Suite Backup. It is an extensive utility that is developed to help users export their G Suite mailboxes to PST. Besides, it allows you to export all the mailboxes of G Suite at once with a smooth working process.

With this backup tool, you can export single as well as multiple mailboxes at once. Here, we will discuss how you can export various G Suite mailboxes.

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  1. Download and configure the software, and launch it on your system. From the tool interface, click Add to add the G Suite Add to add the G Suite account
  2. Provide the G Suite login details like email ID, service account ID, and P 12 file path. Select the option ‘List all mailboxes with above credentials,’ and then click Get User Get User Mailboxes
  3. The tool will display all the mailboxes, select the required mailbox, and click the required mailbox
  4. Once the selected mailboxes are added, click Set Filter and Migrate.Set Filter and Migrate
  5. In the filter section, apply specific filters to the G Suite mailboxes and click I am Ok, Start Migration.Start Migration
  6. Select the specified format as PST for saving the G Suite mailboxes.saving the G Suite mailboxes
  7. Choose a location to save the backup PST file on your system.Choose a location to save the backup PST
  8. The tool will start exporting the G Suite mailboxes to PST format.start exporting the G Suite mailboxes to PST

Once it is complete, a message will appear on the screen. Later, you can save the export report in CSV format.


Exporting G Suite to PST file is beneficial for a business as both platforms have their own advantages and it can assist the business in many ways. Due to the drawbacks of manual methods, Kernel G Suite/Google Workspace Backup software becomes a worthy candidate. It has greater features that supports an unlimited backup from multiple mailboxes by providing simple login options and adaptive filters. Apart from PST format, you can save data in various other formats like MSG, PDF, EML, HTML, MHTML, etc.

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