There are numerous ways to backup your Gmail data and deciding which way to go will largely depend on the level of effort you want to put into it. You could simply setup Gmail to forward all your mails to another email account and call it a day, for instance. But there are also a handful of other options that offer a bit more flexibility and convenience.
Backupify is the leading provider of backup and recovery solutions for Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) applications but it’s not a free solution. There are number of others free backup services available but I do my Google App data backup to Dropbox with this simple steps.
MAC OS X mail.app’s local data folder:
Create dropbox directory:
Open Terminal Window
Create symlink of your mail.app folder to Dropbox Folder:
ln -s ~/Library/Mail/V2/IMAP-<your-email-address> ~/Dropbox/email/backup
And you are all set. You should see symlink created. Now run your Dropbox App to sync all your data. You may need some extra storage more than 2GB (which Dropbox provides default). If you don’t have dropbox account you can create it here.
If you don’t see
~/Library folder then follow this post.
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