What is the best lightweight POP3 email desktop client for archiving Gmail on a daily basis?

Jayaraj Perumalswamy September 29, 2012
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I use Thunderbird for Gmail IMAP. But I am thinking of using another desktop client side by side and archive all my incoming emails (Gmail) on POP3 basis, so that I can go back and search for deleted emails if I need.

Which desktop email client should I use? I need one with least footprint, least memory and very compatible with other systems if possible. I am afraid of Outlook (LiveMail) because of its heavy size.

Which is the best in your experience for POP3 archiving purposes?


I use Windows 7 32-bit and run Thunderbird 24/7.

  1. Pwince Khan
    October 16, 2012 at 3:54 pm


  2. Jim Chambers
    October 7, 2012 at 8:57 pm

    Try Pegasus Mail.

  3. Alex Downs
    October 7, 2012 at 4:08 am

    I recommend Postbox.

  4. Kernel Recovery Tools
    October 3, 2012 at 5:16 am

    You can try office365

  5. salim benhouhou
    October 2, 2012 at 2:00 pm

    try thunderbird it is great :


  6. mohit kumar
    October 2, 2012 at 12:00 pm

    Use outlook.

  7. Areeb Majeed
    October 2, 2012 at 3:05 am

    I agree with Jhon H. Caicedo

  8. Jhon H. Caicedo
    September 30, 2012 at 12:25 am

    You can create a second account on thunderbird and configure it for use POP and download to another folder separate from your IMAP account.

  9. GrrGrrr
    September 29, 2012 at 10:41 pm

    I don't use POP3, as even if u delete an email it lands in trash box and could be recovered from there.

    In case if you just want to have a backup there are 2 options. Use an email client ( I prefer Outlook), or Forward emails to another email (use option Keep a copy and forward)

    From MUO below are the best freeware alternates:
    Postbox Express
    Zimbra Desktop

    MUO articles:

  10. Bruce Epper
    September 29, 2012 at 5:49 pm

    Instead of using a desktop client for this purpose, take a look at MailStore Home (if you are a home user). It is specifically designed for email archiving. If you are a business, they have a server version that runs $190 USD.

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