Export Gmail Emails into PST on Local Hard Drive/ Local PC

A huge population is using Gmail as it is free, fast and provides storage of 15GB data. The issue of Gmail is it is vulnerable to cyber-attacks, crashes or accidentally deleted emails.

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It is true that nothing is safe in this internet world. And losing data could be risky for any user. Hacking of your account lost your complete access to the account such as emails, contacts, calendars and much more. In this case, if you have already saved a copy of the original data. You will be able to get your data back. The users can save a backup of important files and keep them locally to the hard drive.

PST is one of the file extensions that is used to save backup of Gmail emails. So, don't worry about your data once you took a safe backup of Gmail emails. Here, we provide tips and techniques to export Gmail emails to make the data secure.

Export Emails from Gmail to Various File Formats on your System

The first question before exporting Gmail emails is where you need to open the download messages of Gmail account?

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You can save the copy of emails of Gmail account to your desktop and can access these files to desktop-based email clients like MS Outlook, Thunderbird, Windows Live Mail, Mac Mail, Entourage etc. In this section, we are going to explain how to take safe backup of Gmail and save them to several file formats.

PST Format

PST means Personal Storage Table and this file is created in Microsoft Outlook. PST file saves emails, contacts, notes, journals, calendars and many other information. Outlook client provides searches, spam filters, rules and many other features that make the task easier for users. PST file is portable in nature. With PST file, you can move the data easily from one system to another.

  1. PST file can be protected by a strong password. This will save the data of the user.
  2. Outlook is available both for Windows and Mac users.
  3. PST file can be imported to other cloud-based clients like Yahoo, Office 365, Hotmail etc.

MBOX Format

MBOX stands for mailbox and it is a common format for storing email messages. All the emails are stored in it with several email clients. These are –

  1. Mozilla Thunderbird
  2. SeaMonkey
  3. Apple Mail
  4. The BAT
  5. Pocomail
  6. Eudora
  7. Spicebird
  8. Netscape
  9. Entourage

EML Format

EML is a single email message. If you want to export few emails from Gmail, then you can save these emails in EML format and EML file is accessible to several applications like –

  1. MS Outlook
  2. Outlook Express
  3. Windows Live Mail
  4. Apple Mail
  5. Mozilla SeaMonkey

MSG Format

MSG format is similar to EML but it only creates in Outlook application. It holds only a single message. MSG file is also supported by Mozilla SeaMonkey.

Now, how to save Gmail emails into these formats. There are several third-party tools that are available for this and Softaken Gmail Backup Tool is one of the simplest and easiest solutions that will help users to save entire or selected Gmail emails backup to save in PST, EML, EMLX, MSG, and MBOX formats. A user can pick any format from these to save emails of Gmail.

Guide - How does the Software Work?

  • First, the users need to download and install the application on their Windows machine.
  • Running the program will ask you to add Gmail account login details – username and password for which you want to save the backup.
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  • The complete folder of Gmail account will be shown to the users. Now, the users need to select a folder of Gmail account for which he/she wants to store the backup.
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  • After that, choose an export option in which format you want to save Gmail emails. Choose PST if you want to view Gmail emails in Outlook.
  • Select an output directory where you want to save the resultant files. And then press the Process Now button to begin the process.
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Ending Up

With this software, a user can store Gmail emails on their local computer/hard drive/laptop etc. Keeping a copy of Gmail folders will help the user to save their emails from any trouble. This will help users to save a copy of Gmail emails which users can easily access to various email clients.