How to backup your Gmail… In today’s short tutorial I want to show you how you can easily create a backup of your Gmail, (your emails, Gmail contacts) using Mozilla’s Thunderbird email software. If you don’t have Thunderbird already installed onto your computer, that’s ok as you can access it here… In this tutorial we’re going to backup to an external hard drive
Backup your Gmail – Step One
Ok, once you’ve downloaded and installed Mozilla Firebird, you first need to go to your Gmail account and access your email settings. Here’s the path to your Gmail settings…
Gmail account > Settings > Forwarding and POP/IMAP
On the Forwarding and POP/IMAP page you’ll need to ensure that the ‘enable POP for all mail…’ radial button is checked. Also on the ‘When messages are accessed with POP…’ ensure you’ve selected ‘Keep Google mails copy in the Inbox’ in the drop down menu. See images below for more details.
Backup your Gmail – Step Two
Right, now we’re going to play around with Thunderbird email client, so launch the software and follow the following path…
Launch Thunderbird > Tools > Account Settings > Account Actions > Add Mail Account… again you can view the image below for clarification.
In the mail account setup box enter your name, email address and password for your Gmail account and hit the continue button.
Once the configuration has been found in Mozilla’s ISP database, you should enable the POP3 radial button, and then click create account.
Backup your Gmail – Step Three
You’re now setup to go… go right ahead and click the get mail button.
Once you have downloaded your emails you’re almost done. You now want to download and backup your Gmail contacts also…
Backup your Gmail Contacts – Step Four
Go back to your Gmail account and access your contacts folder. Once there hit the more tab and select export… see image below
On the export contacts panel, enable the ‘Outlook CSV format’… and then click export. Download to your desktop folder for easy access…
Now you want to upload the CSV file into your Thunderbird software… To do this, go to the following path…
Thunderbird > Tools – Select Import
On the import panel select the address books radial button, and then click next…
Now select text file in the given list and hit next to locate the CSV file on your desktop. Once selected click finish and your contacts will be uploaded. Job done… almost.
Backup your Gmail – Step 5
In this final step we’re going to back up to an external device, this could be an external hard drive, an iPod or iPhone etc.
First you need to access your Thunderbird profile in Windows (7 and Vista). So go to start and enter the following string into the search field…
Once located, simply copy the folder into your external device or hard drive.
Backup complete… enjoy. Any questions or further tips to add please shout them out in the comment section as always folks.