How can you gather all your email into one file?

Rembrandt April 26, 2012
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How can you gather all your email into one file?

  1. Kannon Y
    April 30, 2012 at 5:57 pm

    In case you have Gmail, there are two options. One is called "Google Backup". The other is Thunderbird, which requires IMAP or POP3 from your e-mail provider (Google is the only free to access e-mail provider who provides this).

    A third, future option is "Google Takeout". It doesn't yet offer e-mail backup, but will backup everything else in your Google Account (except Calendars) in a single, zipped file. The speculation is that Takeout will eventually offer e-mail archival services.

    The most commonly used method is Thunderbird (which I use for regular backups). Thunderbird is what's referred to as an e-mail client, similar to Microsoft Outlook (Outlook can backup Gmail, too).

    The best solution is probably "Gmail Backup". It's free and easy to use:

    For other services, other solutions exist, but they are not as simplistic as the options for Gmail:

    Good luck!

    April 26, 2012 at 9:19 pm

    Hello, can you give a little bit more informaton about what you are trying to accomplish? The way this question is asked, there is no proper answer.

  3. Tina
    April 26, 2012 at 6:53 pm


    Where is your email stored? Do you use a desktop client and if yes which one? Or do you have your email online with a webmail provider like Yahoo?