Storing all your essential information on gmail without a gmail backup comes with plenty of risks; there have been plenty of accounts of accounts being wiped clean. Usually gmail backup’s system can recover most files, but this isn’t always the case. Or what if you need your essential information just when gmail loses your information. So backup gmail before it’s too late.
There are several ways to get a gmail backup.
Forwarding mail and Hotmail
Hotmail has a feature which can backup your gmail to your hotmail account. All you have to do is create a Hotmail account and go to the Trueswitch options. This takes care of all your current emails, but not future emails.
To take care of future emails you need to set up the hotmail address as forwarding address in your gmail account.
Mail Settings -> Forwarding and POP/IMAP -> Add a forwarding address
The forwarding takes care of future emails. So in case you want to create a backup for a new account or just future emails, this step alone will be enough. Ofcourse you don’t need to use hotmail specifically in that case, you can use any kind of email address including another gmail account.
There are a few paid backup services.
Backupify and BackupMyMail are some of them. All you have to do is select which accounts you want to have backupped. The service will automatically backup all your data. You can browse your archives at any time and restore or dowload files from your backupped data.
Local Email client
- You can get a local email client that downloads all the email from gmail to your computer. Your computer will serve as a backup. Which local email client you will use depends on the operating system you are using. Only Mozilla Thunderbird, which is free, works on all type of operating systems. It is the easiest to use as well. Thunderdbird is developed by the same company that develops the popular browser Firefox.You need to make sure you use the right protocol for you. In case you just want a backup you need to use POP. POP is read only so it doesn’t affect your gmail mail. While IMAP on the other hand can both read and write, so changes you make in Thunderbird will be made in gmail as well.
- If you have Microsoft Office, it comes free with Microsoft Outlook. Therefore it is one of the most used email clients and you might already have some experience using it.
- If you have a Mac, it comes with Apple Mail. I suggest you just use this, because it free and made specifically for the Macintosh operating system.