How To Backup Your Gmail

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In some situations, one might ending up contemplating backing up his/her Gmail account data. you probably decided to stop using one of your Gmail accounts, or you might be using your job account and you are changing jobs. Needless to say, backing up email is considered good IT practice. One day I was finishing up consulting sessions for one particular client , and when my job is finished with my client, I ended up with great deal of project follow up data which I didn’t like to lose neither to leave online so I decided to back it up and delete it from Gmail after that. Here is how to backup your Gmail.

Step by step to backup Gmail

  • Go to
  • Go to “Privacy & Personalisation” and click “Manage your data & personalisation”.
click on privacy & personalisation card
  • Scroll until you find the “Download, delete or make a plan for your data” card. And click “Download your data”.
click on Download, delete or make a plan for your data
  • Now you will be directed to google takeout page, in which you select which Google application’s data you wish to backup, in this case it will be Gmail, Anyway, if you need to backup other google apps, select the checkbox in front of it, make sure you clicked “multiple formats” button to chose which format you want to get your data. and click “Next step”.
Choose: Mail then click “Next steps”
  • Now , chose the delivery method you wish to receive your data, from the delivery method combobox , you can choose to get the download link via email, or between adding it to drive, Dropbox, OneDrive, or Box.
Chose delivery method
  • Chose your export frequency: you can select to export your data one time, or once every 2 months.
  • Also chose the file type (zip or tgz), and select the maximum size for your file(if your data is greater than the maximum size it will be splitted in new file).
  • Be aware that the export can take many hours or days to finish. You can cancel the export any time.
you can cancel export process as you wish

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