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Cloud-based platforms like G Suite and Outlook have genuinely been revolutionary for organizations and changed the working style of many professionals. G Suite/Google Workspace comprises all of Google’s collaborative, productive, and cloud-based tools. It consists of Google Drive for cloud storage and other useful Google apps like Gmail, Calendar, Contacts, Hangouts, etc. On the other hand, Microsoft Outlook is a personal information management platform that ensures an innovative and collaborative approach for all its users and is part of the Office 365 suite.

Both platforms follow very different approaches, but they can be utilized to their maximum capacity when put together. A great benefit of Google Workspace is that you can configure your Outlook application just like any other IMAP account for accessing emails. Here, we will discuss adding a G Suite account to MS Outlook.

The manual approach involves a multi-step process where you must enable the IMAP settings in your G Suite account to access your G Suite Emails to PDF. Also, you need to allow access to less secure apps. And then, finally, connect your G Suite account to Outlook. The detailed process has been discussed below-

Enable IMAP in G Suite account Settings

IMAP refers to Internet Message Access Protocol and allows users to access emails stored on a remote server while using multiple devices. It is the reason to make sure to turn on the IMAP settings.

  1. Sign in to the Google web apps and click the settings gear icon.
    click the settings gear icon
  2. Go to Forwarding and POP/IMAP tab and check if the IMAP is enabled.
    check if the IMAP is enabled
  3. If IMAP is disabled, then click Enable IMAP and click Save Changes.
    click Save changes
Connect G Suite account in Outlook

After enabling the IMAP for the G Suite account, you can add the new account in Outlook.

  1. Start Outlook and go to File option in the toolbar. After that, click the Add Account button.
    Add Account button
  2. Input the G Suite account’s email address, and in the Advanced Options, click the checkbox for ‘Let me set up my account manually.’ Click Connect.
    Click Connect
  3. Choose IMAP for the account type.
    Choose IMAP for the account type
  4. Input the password of the G Suite account. Then click Connect.
    Input the password of the G Suite account
  5. If an error message appears, it shows that it could not log on to the incoming (POP/IMAP) server. Click the option Change account settings.
    Change account settings
  6. In the incoming mail – type Server as and Port number as 993. Choose SSL/TLS from the Encryption method dropdown. In the Outgoing mail – type in the server and 587 as the Port number. In the Encryption method, choose SSL/TLS in the dropdown. Click Next.
    Click Next.
  7. Outlook will run a connection check with the IMAP Server and send a test email. Click Close after Outlook has completed the tasks successfully.
    Click Close after Outlook
  8. The account mailbox will be available in Outlook. You can check all the folders and their content.
    check all the folders and their content

Note:The Outlook connection for the G Suite account only adds emails, not calendars and contacts.

How to take a backup of G Suite emails in Outlook?

For the security of mailbox data, you can take the backup of these emails and place them at a different location. Outlook has an inbuilt option to export the data to offline CSV and PST files, allowing you to back up your G Suite Emails to PDF. Here is the process:

  1. After clicking the File option in the menu bar, click Open & Export. Then click Import/ Import/Export.
  2. Click ‘Export to a file.’ Then click Next.Click Export to a file
  3. Select the Outlook data file (PST). Click PST.Click PST
  4. Select the mail-based folder of the G Suite account. You can filter the option using the Filter button.Select the mail-based folder of the G Suite account
  5. Choose the option to handle the duplicate items and Browse the location to save the export file. Then click Finish

Now you have a backup of the G Suite account in the PST format. You can also assign a password to the PST file to make it more secure. But as we know, G Suite in Outlook can have only the emails and not the other apps of your G Suite account. So, in reality, the manual option for the backup is an unfinished part of all G Suite account data.

In addition, there are other limitations of the manual method, which are as follows-

  • Even a tiny mistake can have a disastrous impact in terms of losing the data.
  • Like any other manual method, even this one is time-consuming and requires the user’s utmost attention.
  • There is also a risk of severe failure involved.

It would help if you used professional software that supports all the G Suite tools and can take their backups.

Take backup using a professional utility

As G Suite saves your professional data, you should not take any chances with its security. So, use the Kernel Google Workspace Backup and Restore tool (formerly Kernel G Suite Backup) to make a routine backup. The tool can back up all the data from the apps whose APIs are enabled for your account. It will let you filter the data and backup selectively. If you take a backup of multiple accounts using Super Administrator credentials, then the tool will create a separate backup folder for each Google Workspace account. The tool will also give you a complete report of the whole backup procedure and mention the status of each item.


Despite the vast difference between G Suite and Outlook, a manual method does exist with which you can add your G Suite account in Microsoft Outlook. First, the IMAP settings are turned on in Outlook, and only then can you configure the G Suite account to Outlook. Also, these emails should be backed up to avoid any data loss. It can be performed using the Import/Export facility available in MS Outlook. To prevent its limitations, you can always rely on professional software to complete the task.

Kernel G Suite Backup
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