How to Convert EML to PST File? Free Step by Step Solution

May 27th, 2022 ~ Email Tips ~ 3 Minutes Reading

As many of us already know EML files are used in many email applications including Mozilla Thunderbird, Windows Live Mail, Novell Groupwise, etc. But along with the evolving technology, users want to keep switching to superior applications like Microsoft Outlook. Thus, in this article, we will explain the tried and tested solution to convert EML to PST format.

Step by Step Solution to Convert EML Files to PST File

There are various articles that explain the process to perform the conversion but very few of them have the right approach. All the articles contain the traditional drag and drop approach which does not work in the latest versions of Outlook.

So, if you are also using the latest version of Microsoft Outlook and failed to import EML files into Outlook using the drag and drop method. Then, follow the below-mentioned steps:

Correct Way to Convert EML to PST Format Using Microsoft Outlook

  1. Navigate to the location where you have saved the EML files.

  2. Select the file that you want to convert and right-click on that EML file.

    choose eml to pst

  3. Now, the explorer menu will open. Here, go to Open With >> Outlook as shown in the picture.

    click open to convert eml to pst

  4. This step will open EML file. You can stop here if you only want to view the contents of EML file. However, to convert EML files into PST format, you have to expand the Move button and choose a specific folder. It will move that EML message into the selected folder.

    select EML option

Important Note: If you want to convert EML files in PST format, then it is recommended to create a separate folder before Step 1. It will make it easy for you to export that particular folder into PST format.

Now, the next section of the manual procedure includes steps to export PST file from Microsoft Outlook using Import/Export Wizard.

  1. Open Microsoft Outlook >> File >> Open & Export >> Import / Export.

    click import/export option

  2. Now, select Export to a file and hit Next button.

    convert eml to pst

  3. Under Export to a file window, select Outlook Data File (.pst).

    choose pst option

  4. Select the folder in which you moved all the EML files and click on the Next button.

    select folder

  5. Browse the location where you want to export PST file and hit Finish button to complete the process.

    select desire location

Limitations of Manual Process

Although the manual method is free of cost, it has a variety of limitations that we can’t ignore. Let us have a look at those limitations as well.

  • There are chances of data loss while performing conversion manually.
  • Exporting EML files in large numbers is not a feasible job.
  • The data integrity of EML files might be at risk via manual methods.

Reasons Why Users Want to Convert EML to PST

There are numerous factors that make users go for the conversion process.

  • A lot of users follow the practice of keeping a backup of their sensitive emails. So, they choose PST over EML files to save backup data.
  • The evolving technology has made users switch to a premium client which is why most users look for the export steps.

Final Words

In the above article, all of the above manual methods are free to convert EML to PST format, but the manual techniques are not appropriate for professional usage when dealing with large EML file numbers. For those who are willing to take risks and have free time, they can go for the manual procedures. Those who can afford software must opt for the software only.