Migrate GoDaddy IMAP Mailboxes to Office 365

Aftab Alam Aftab Alam Updated On - 31 Dec 2019

The IMAP (Internet Message Access Protocol) protocol helps you to access your emails from anywhere. Because all the data is present at the server, all the emails, files, and folders are accessible to you instantly. But, Office 365 has strengthened its position as the best platform to manage your emails, and it can handle an unlimited number of mailboxes at the same time. So, if you want to migrate from GoDaddy to Office 365, then you can complete the process in multiple phases by following the below steps –

Plan the Migration

Step 1) Gather the Office 365 Administrator credentials, GoDaddy Administrator credentials, and all the user passwords.
Step 2) Go to GoDaddy website and login with Administrator credentials –

  1. Go to ‘Workspace Email’ and click the option ‘Manage All.’
  2. It will present the list of your emails. Click the ‘Export’ option.
  3. At the Export wizard, select Email from the Export drop-down, check the option ‘Select All’ to select all the properties of Email. At last, choose the option ‘CSV’ as the File Format. Click Export.
  4. After saving the CSV file, open it and create a new row at the top for following details –
    • User Name
    • Email Address
    • Password

Instant Solution

Download Kernel IMAP to Office 365 migration tool to migrate IMAP mailbox data from GoDaddy to Office 365 in few simple steps.

Start the Migration from GoDaddy to office 365

  1. Login to Office 365 Admin center, the go-to Admin Center, and click Exchange.
  2. Follow recipients>>migration.
  3. Click Add (+) and select Migrate to Exchange Online.
  4. Select the last option of ‘IMAP migration (supported by Exchange and another email system).’
  5. Click ‘Choose File’ and browse the CSV file you created for the GoDaddy email.
  6. At the ‘IMAP migration configuration‘ page, fill the details for the IMAP server (imap.secureserver.net), Authentication (Basic), Encryption (SSL), Port (993). Then click Next.
  7. Provide a name to the batch migration, select the Bad Item limit, Large Item limit, and exclude folder. Click Next.
  8. Use the Browse button and select the user(s) who will get the notification at various migration stages. Then choose the option to start the migration.
  9. After completing the prerequisites for the migration, the batch migration will start and show its status as ‘syncing.’
  10. You can click the View details link and get the current status of the batch items.
  11. Finally, when all the emails are migrated from GoDaddy to Office 365, then the status of the batch will change to synced.’

NOTE: The migration method which we covered above is suitable for migrating the email from the GoDaddy IMAP only. If you have account in Gmail, Outlook or Hotmail, then you can run a data migration also for IMAP migration in Office 365 Admin Center. So, if you have contacts and calendar in your mailbox, then you will have to migrate them separately.

There is a simple method using Outlook by which you can export your IMAP data to a PST file and later import it to Office 365 mailbox through Outlook.

  • Export IMAP to PST file
    When you are using Outlook configured with an IMAP account, then you can export the calendar/contacts at a separate PST file.

    1. Start Outlook, click File >> Open & Export >> Import/Export.
    2. Choose the option ‘Export to a file’ and click OK.
    3. Click Outlook Data File (PST), and click Next.
    4. Select any folder among calendar or contact. Check the option ‘Include Subfolder’ and click Next.
    5. Browse the folder to save the file and click Finish.

    You can run the same steps from 1-5 to create a PST file for any separate folder.

  • Configure the Office 365 account in Outlook
    1. Go to Control Panel and click Mail. Select Show Profiles and click Add.
    2. Choose the option ‘Manual Setup or additional server types.’ Click Next.
    3. Select the first option, ‘Office 365’ and provide full Office 365 email address. It will automatically add the account to Office 365.
  • Import PST to Outlook
    1. Start Outlook, click File >> Open & Export >> Import/Export.
    2. Choose ‘Import from another program or file.’
    3. Select Outlook Data File (PST). Click Next.
    4. Browse and select the PST file.
    5. After importing the contact/calendar and emails, then you can remove the older IMAP account from Outlook.
    6. After completing the whole process of migration, you can go back to the Office 365 Admin Center and delete the migration batch.


The process to migrate from Godaddy to office 365 is not straightforward, and you need to migrate emails and calendar/contacts separately. To perform a simple migration, you can use a simple migration tool called Kernel IMAP to Office 365. It can access your GoDaddy IMAP mailbox and move it directly to Office 365. There is no limitation in migrating the data, and you can migrate email, contacts, calendar, and all other folders at the same time.

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