how into Back Up Your Gmail & View .MBOX Files #MBOX_FileMarch 11, 2019
There are many reasons you might want to back up your Gmail account, such as: It’s good to have a copy of your most-important data; you’re about to be fired from your job and you want to save everything you did; you’d just like a little extra protection in case someone hacks your account and takes it over (or deletes it).
You’ll never need the backup.
That, and you’ll get your data back.
Go to the “ Download your data ” portion of your Google account settings, uncheck everything via the “Select None” box (or else this process will take much longer than it should), and scroll down until you see the option for Mail.
If you don’t want to back up all of your Gmail, and only want emails with particular labels, you can also click the down-arrow to get more specific about what Google saves.
Screenshot: David Murphy Once you unzip Google’s archive, you’ll see one (or a few) .MBOX files.
If you just need a quick and easy version for viewing archival .MBOX files, I recommend downloading a portable version of Thunderbird instead of the full Thunderbird client .
Click on Tools again, scroll down to ImportExportTools, and select “Import mbox file.” Pick which option makes the most sense for you—importing a single .MBOX file or multiple—and then go find the .MBOX file(s) you downloaded from Google.
Screenshot: David MurphyThis is also part of the process you’ll use to restore your messages to your Gmail account—or to copy them over to a new Gmail account, if everything hit the fan with your old one.
Open the app, click on File, and click on “Import Mailboxes.” Make sure “Files in mbox format” is selected, and then find your .MBOX file(s).
If you ever need to be able to do really comprehensive email analysis, and then deliver email to clients or a court, having a FileMaker database of your messages could be a win. It’s been updated to be High Sierra-compatible. Just make sure you get version 4.1 or greater.
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