And Google gives Mac and PC users plenty of free.
Gmail, Contacts, Calendar, Google Drive, even Google Reader. Free. What about backups of your data in Google’s cloud? With Google sticking their digital noses into my data 24/7 I’ve decided to fight back by taking my data back to my Mac.
Who backs up all the data I store on Google? Me. And my Mac.
Backup To Your Mac
Most Mac and PC users have no idea how to grab back the data we upload to Google. If you tire of being Google’s product instead of customer, how can you get back what you gave Google in the first place?
For that you need an elegant Mac app called CloudPull. What it does is quietly, seamlessly backup all of what you stored in Google back to your Mac.
That’s it. Simple and sweet. You put your account login ID information to CloudPull and it begins pulling down all the data you once entrusted to Google.
What can you do with all your data once it’s been backed up from Google to your Mac? Actually, plenty.
CloudPull creates backups in standard file formats so Gmail email can be imported into Apple’s Mail on your Mac. Contacts can be imported into Address Book. And, Calendars can be imported into iCal.
Open up CloudPull and look at all your Google data. Without using Google.
Files from Google drive– documents, presentations, spreadsheets– can be imported into Pages, Keynote, or Numbers on your Mac.
Google Reader subscriptions can be imported into Safari or other standalone RSS readers (many of which can sync with Google Reader).
On first install, CloudPull makes backups every hour, so it’s a bit like Time Machine. In no time you’ll have more backups than you need.
Having all your data from Google backed up to your Mac is reassuring, but you can thank Google for that. Years ago Google decided to make sure your data was easily obtainable (though not by mortal men).
So, if you fear that Google as Big Brother is watching too much of what you watch (and, by default, watching too much of you), there’s at least one way to get it all back home and say goodbye to the Cloud.