Backup Email to Your Computer

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This guide explains how to Backup your email and store it on your computer. This method can only be used as long as you can make a POP connection to your email account.


  1. Setup a POP (aka POP3) connection to your email account from a program like Outlook, Thunderbird, Mac Mail; you can find instructions on how to do by clicking on the links for the program you are using.
  2. Once you have made the POP connection to your account and start the Send/Receive process, make sure the emails have been downloaded to your computer .
  3. Backup these emails on your Email client by keeping them in the inbox or making a new folder on your email program and moving all of the emails into this newly created folder. This is a good idea if you are planning to move these emails back into the same email address but on a different email service. You can read instructions on how to do that in this in the Uploading your emails to a new address wiki.

This method can be used to transfer emails from any address to any other address. You can even transfer to Google Apps email service if you want to move to that.