Sync your Google account to the Microsoft Cloud

Updated: May 2018

In order to enhance your Gmail experience in Mail and Calendar for Windows 10 and Outlook 2016 for Mac, you can now sync your Google account to the Microsoft Cloud. This allows you to enjoy many of the best features of Mail and Calendar and Outlook 2016 for Mac, which were previously only available to those with Outlook.com, Office 365, or Exchange Server email accounts.

Outlook 2016 for Mac users: the ability to sync to the Microsoft Cloud will start to roll out to all subscribers soon. Learn more about how features roll out.

What new features will be available for my Gmail account in Mail and Calendar?

  • Focused Inbox (learn more)

  • Travel and deliveries tracking (learn more)

  • Improved search

  • Draft folder synchronization

  • Calendar categories

  • Automatic replies

As we release new Microsoft Cloud features, they'll be added to all of the accounts that you add to Mail and Calendar.

How do I enable these features in Mail and Calendar?

In Mail and Calendar, the Update your Google account dialog will open and prompt you to synchronize your Google account to the Microsoft Cloud. Select Yes and re-enter your Gmail email address and password. Mail and Calendar will take care of the rest of the process for you.

We are gradually rolling out this new capability. If you haven’t seen the prompt to enable it, you should expect to get this update in the coming weeks.

If you're having trouble synchronizing your Google account to the Microsoft Cloud, see Fix problems connecting your Google account to the Microsoft Cloud.

Does syncing my Gmail.com data to the Microsoft Cloud change my experience on Gmail.com and within any apps from Google?

Your experience on Gmail.com and within any apps from Google will remain unchanged.

What happens when I enable this feature?

When you enable this capability, we will sync your Google account to the Microsoft Cloud. This means a copy of your email, calendar, and contacts will be synchronized between Google and Microsoft data centers. Having your mailbox data in the Microsoft Cloud lets you use the new features of Mail and Calendar with your Gmail account. Your experience on Gmail.com and within any apps from Google will remain unchanged.

How do I disable this feature in Mail and Calendar?

To disable synchronization of your Gmail.com data to the Microsoft Cloud from the device, you will need to remove the email account.

  1. In Mail and Calendar, select Settings The Settings button > Manage Accounts.

  2. Select the account to open the Account settings page.

  3. Select Delete account to stop synchronization.

What terms apply to my Gmail.com data?

The Microsoft Services Agreement and the Microsoft Privacy Statement apply to your use of Mail and Calendar for Windows 10 and to the Gmail.com data if you enable this feature. In addition, Google’s terms of service and privacy policy continue to apply to your Gmail.com data.

What new features will be available for my Gmail account in Outlook 2016 for Mac?

  • Google calendar and contacts support

  • Focused Inbox (learn more)

  • Travel and deliveries tracking (learn more)

How do I enable these features in Outlook 2016 for Mac?

In Outlook 2016 for Mac, you'll be prompted to synchronize your Google account to the Microsoft Cloud. Select Continue and re-enter your Gmail email address and password. Outlook 2016 for Mac will take care of the rest of the process for you.

For a list of known issues see Known issues syncing Google accounts to the Microsoft Cloud.

If you're having trouble synchronizing your Google account to the Microsoft Cloud, see Fix problems connecting your Google account to the Microsoft Cloud.

Does syncing my Gmail.com data to the Microsoft Cloud change my experience on Gmail.com and within any apps from Google?

Your experience on Gmail.com and within any apps from Google will remain unchanged.

What happens when I enable this feature?

When you enable this capability, we will sync your Google account to the Microsoft Cloud. This means that a copy of your email, calendar, and contacts will be synchronized between Google and Microsoft data centers. Having your mailbox data in the Microsoft Cloud lets you use the new features of Outlook 2016 for Mac with your Gmail account. Your experience on Gmail.com and within any apps from Google will remain unchanged.

How do I disable this feature in Outlook 2016 for Mac?

To disable synchronization of your Gmail.com data to the Microsoft Cloud from the device, you will need to remove the email account.

  1. In Outlook 2016 for Mac, select the Tools tab, and then select the Accounts button in the ribbon.

    A screenshot of the Tools tab on the ribbon.

  2. In the left pane, select the account you want to remove, and then select the Delete the selected account button .

    A screenshot of the Delete this selected account button.

  3. If you want to delete the account from only this device, select Delete From This Device. If you want to completely remove all Google data from the Microsoft Cloud, select Delete From All Devices.

    A screenshot of the Delete Account dialog,

What terms apply to my Gmail.com data?

The Microsoft Services Agreement and the Microsoft Privacy Statement apply to your use of Outlook 2016 for Mac and to the Gmail.com data if you enable this feature. In addition, Google’s terms of service and privacy policy continue to apply to your Gmail.com data.

See Also

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Known issues syncing Google accounts to the Microsoft Cloud

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