How do I back up Gmail using Thunderbird?

  1. Download Thunderbird, an open source mail client
  2. Go to your Gmail account
  3. Select the "settings" link in the top right corner
  4. Select "Forwarding and POP"
  5. Select the enable POP option (see detailed help if necessary)
  6. Save the changes
  7. Go to Thunderbird and choose Tools then Account Settings
  8. Click the add account button and choose "email"
  9. Enter your name and gmail address, click next
  10. In the server information box, type as the incoming server
  11. In the next box, type your gmail address for incoming user name (and outgoing if that option is there)
  12. Enter an account name (a descriptive phrase to describe the account, like "Gmail")
  13. Click finish, and then go to the 'Server Settings' section
  14. Make sure the server name is, the port 995, the user name is your gmail address, and select SSL and leave messages on server (assuming you still want your mail stored on Gmail as well as locally)
  15. Now go to the Outgoing Server (SMTP) option.
  16. Make sure you add as the server name, on port 587, with SSL selected. The username should be your Gmail address
  17. Finally, click "get mail" on the toolbar, and wait... eventually all your gmail will be download to a folder on your computer.
  18. You can continue to use Gmail in the normal way, or you can choose to use Thunderbird for sending and reading mail in


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Mon 10/28/19 10:18 AM
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