Saving/Migrating Email and Docs when leaving Williams


Email accounts are disabled three months after leaving the college.  Forwarding and auto-reply is disabled one year after leaving. See  Automatically forward emails to another account for instructions on how to forward Williams email.


Email account is disabled on the separation date.  Forwarding to a personal account is not allowed. Auto-replies are disabled after three months.

Graduating Seniors

After graduation, students will no longer receive new email in their Williams google (gmail) account.  Your Williams account including email and drive files will be deleted on July 1.

See Alumni Email Forwarding  for instructions on how to set up email forwarding which allows you to keep your short email address (e.g. [email protected]) and have it forwarded to a personal account.

Vacation Responder (Auto Reply)

Anyone leaving the college should also set up a Gmail Vacation Responder message to let people (and potential employers) know that your Williams email account will be ending and what new email address they should use to contact you in the future.

Vacation Responder will continue to work until 45 days after graduation (even though your account is disabled).

An example Vacation Responder message might be:

Thank you for your message.  I graduated from Williams College in June 2016.  Please send any future correspondence to my new email address:   [email protected]

Options for:  Saving/Migrating Email and Google Docs when leaving the college


Copy your Williams Gmail and / or Drive files to a personal (non-williams) Gmail account:

Using Google Transfer   – Google Transfer can also copy your Drive files over.

Option 2:

An older method of transferring mail from Williams gmail to a personal gmail account is Google fetch in POP mode – Copy-Williams-GAE-to-gmail.pdf

These only transfer your mail, not your calendar, contacts, or documents.

Option 3:

Use Google Takeout to create archives of your mail, calendar, documents and many other types of Google data

Option 4:

Use  In App Data Transfer  for the following apps only ..

Option 5:

Save the email locally:

To save your email locally, you’ll use an email client like Outlook, Mac Mail, Windows Mail or Thunderbird.

Further details are available from the Google Guides

  • Set up the email client in IMAP mode
  • Incoming server is:
  • Outgoing (SMTP) server is:
  • Incoming Port: 993 SSL
  • Outgoing Port: 465 SSL
  • Use your [email protected]  and password
  • IMAP mail folders will show all mail that is on the server.
  • Create new “local” folders
  • Move (drag) email from your network folders to the local folders. The email then exists on your hard drive.

Transferring Ownership of Shared Drive Documents & Folders