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How to Backup Gmail Offline and Restore

Updated on May 2, 2012

Gmail is one of the most popular e-mail systems and the reasons behind its continuous success is easily understandable : easy user-friendly email interface, advance mail filtering, and huge mailing space. But one of the most important fact about Gmail is the you can easily take backup your important emails to your computer with the use of a free software, available from With this software you can also have the facility to restore your backed up emails into Gmail account at any time.

To take the advantage of Gmail backup and restore facility, at first download the free Gmail backup software from "" and install it into your computer. After installation, start the back-up software and fill it with necessary information to start the backing up of emails from Gmail server into you own computer. In the back up box,You just need to type your own Gmail ID, password and the directory of your own computer, where you like to have your emails backed up.

Gmail Backup
Gmail Backup

Now, just click the backup button. If the “Newest emails only” check-box is selected, all the new emails will be downloaded. If you need to download the emails for a specified day or from a range of days then just uncheck the “Newest emails only” and mention your date ranges. In case, you need uploading your emails to your Gmail account, just insert the Gmail account ID & Password , then click the “restore” button of the backup software-that’s all.

Gmail backup and restore tool is a very handy freeware, especially for those who handles a large volume of important business emails every day.

Before starting your backup operation you need to enable IMAP in your  Gmail account. For  enabling IMAP go to your Gmail setting, then simply select "enable IMAP" in IMAP access section.

How to enable IMAP in Gmail
How to enable IMAP in Gmail


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      abbas bukhamseen 5 years ago

      thx 4 yr good efforts, i expieriance difficulties to brows gmail.i tried many times but no result,pls advise.thx again

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      tjah 6 years ago

      hay. .guyz how are you. . .

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      Vijay Thakur (Development Team Member) 6 years ago

      Hello All,

      I am one of the developer team member and would like to share another simple solution for having gmail backup...

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      syras mamun 7 years ago

      Thanks a lot Maita.this is really a great software and free!!!!!. :)

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      prettydarkhorse 7 years ago from US

      the software is good and is very helpful, and Congrats for your 50 HUBS, HOORAY, Maita

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      syras mamun 7 years ago

      Thank you Elena;this software is really helpful, but I am not sure how long this one will remain a freeware.And thank you once again for your support, I am planning to publish 50 more hubs,:)

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      Elena 7 years ago from London, UK

      Thanks for this Andromida, I never knew such a thing existed. I wouldn't want to lose my emails. (even some old ones are important)

      Also, Congrats on publishing your 50th Hub. Lots of hard work in there. :)

      Best Wishes.