Hundreds of millions of internet users rely on Google to store their email messages. Though we’re deep in the era where we backup files online, what if you want to backup Gmail email to your Mac? As it turns out, there’s an app for that.
Let’s Backup Gmail
If you’re comfortable with Google having complete access to the content of your email then you’re likely not bothered by Google being the Backup Daddy™ for your email, too.
Google’s servers are probably more reliable than a Mac at home or office, but having a backup of Gmail starts to sound like a good idea.
Enter Backup Gmail, an inexpensive Mac utility which creates a local backup of your Gmail account on your Mac.
There’s not much to this utility except what you need.
Backup Gmail works with multiple Google Gmail accounts, works in the background so it’s low maintenance, grabs your Gmail email and saves it in plain text files with attachments.
You have options where to store the Gmail backup (which means Time Machine can back it up again), and when to do the backup (hourly, daily, etc.).
Preferences are straightforward. Add your Gmail account information. Set the folder where you want the backup email files to be stored. Set the schedule. Make your first backup.
Basically, that’s it. Every so often Backup Gmail logs into your Google account and downloads new messages into the backup.
Restoring Gmail messages from your Mac back to Google is simple, too and uses a special utility to copy files back (just in case Google does the unthinkable and actually loses your email).
Backup Gmail is inexpensive, lightweight, and oh so necessary in a troubled world.