It is pretty easy to Gmail Backup, we will show you how! Till recently, Gmail was considered a very reliable email service. But as recent past has proved nothing is perfect, Gmail is no exception. Few weeks back, some 40,000 Gmail accounts suffered outages and had to bear the brunt of the glitch in the technology.
So, It’s always better to be safe rather than sorry afterwards. So here I am with a list of ways to backup your emails on Gmail:
1. Desktop Email Client
One of the easiest and most conventional method to Gmail Backup, is to download the mails to your hard-disk using a desktop email client. Some good applications that I recommend are:
- Mozilla Thunderbird (For Windows, Mac and Linux)
- Windows Live Mail (Windows only)
- Apple Mail (on OS X)
If you plan on using the client for all of your email needs, then you should connect via IMAP, but if you want it only for backup purposes, POP will do just fine.
Its pretty easy to set up the accounts, but if you need more info, feel free to ask me.
An alternative approach would be to backup your mails on other mail service. And for this job, What’s better than Hotmail?
Step1. Login to your Hotmail account and Open TrueSwitch. Fill up all the details like your current Gmail address, Stuffs that you would like to copy etc.
Also choose “Forward e-mails for 30 days to your Hotmail address” so that all the emails that you receive in the next 30 days will be automatically forwarded to Hotmail.
Step 2. Wait for 24 hours till all your mail are imported. Till then, grab some popcorns and watch movies! 😉
After the first 30 days period in which mails get automatically forwarded (if you have chosen this option), you can setup forwarding in your Gmail Account. Under your Gmail settings activate “Forwarding and IMAP” to your Hotmail as a forwarding address.
Be sure to choose “keep Gmail’s copy in the Inbox.” So you are basically storing data on clouds of 2 web giants Google and Microsoft, so the likely hood of both going down at the same instant is next to impossible.
If you are even more lazy and want to automate the process entirely, then try Backupify. Backupify gives you 2GB of backup storage for free, which should be enough. Honestly telling, I’ve never used even 1GB of my Gmail Storage, so it should be enough. If you need more space, it was has paid plans besides too.
It can also backup many of your other services, like Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, and more, and is compatible with Google Apps.
4. GMail Backup
GMail Backup is a software that backups your emails on to your hard-disk. Though this software was last updated on 20. February 2009; It works fine on windows 7 (I tried it on my 64bit Win 7). It has the option to back emails of either the selected period only or the newest mails.
Download: GMail Backup
MailStore is an email client which can retrieve emails from several services. Similar to Gmail-backup, MailStore does also offer automatic backup of your email but is compatible with a wider range of email services.
It Supports Internet mailboxes such as Gmail or Yahoo Mail, other mailboxes using POP3 or IMAP and also Microsoft Outlook, Windows mail, MS Exchange Server & Hosted Exchange, Thunderbird, Seamonkey etc.
So make sure you do a Gmail Backup now!