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Backing up my Gmail account

As part of a general digital cleanup (thank you, Heartbleed), I want to perform the long overdue task of backing up my Gmail account (with nearly a decade's worth of email) to my mac. I have two questions: 1) Is gmvault the only option? Is there anything more accessible to a user who hasn't used Terminal with any regularity in eight years, and even then wasn't very proficient using the command line? 2) If gmvault is the only option, or the most accessible option, can someone explain very clearly how to run it? I am unable to successfully follow the instructions on the gmvault website--they seem to assume that I'll intuit some necessary steps, when I actually need every step laid out for me.
posted by ocherdraco on Apr 12, 2014 - 13 answers

Something like Instapaper, but for email threads?

Is there an equivalent of Instapaper or Pocket, but more or less optimized for saving and decluttering (long) email threads? (Gmail, specifically?) [more inside]
posted by (The Rt Hon.) MP on Feb 26, 2014 - 1 answer

How do you block gmail through etc/hosts?

Most "distracting" sites I can block by an entry in my etc/hosts file (Mac OSX 10.8.2). e.g.: 127.0.0.1 plus.google.com But this method doesn't seem to be able to block gmail. [more inside]
posted by tomargue on May 16, 2013 - 5 answers

This is your Mac. This is your Mac on lockdown.

Looking for best practices for home data security for an exclusively Mac household. [more inside]
posted by Admiral Haddock on Nov 20, 2012 - 4 answers

How to get Mac mail to use the right account?

Mac mail sends with one gmail account but the recipient sees it sent from another gmail account. Help? [more inside]
posted by sarae on Aug 21, 2012 - 4 answers

The art of the double delete with mac mail and gmail

Mac Mail Filter: So I've added Gmail to my list of accounts. But when I delete a message on the inbox, lower down, in the IMAP folders, it doesn't delete there. Why not? [more inside]
posted by rileyray3000 on Mar 29, 2012 - 3 answers

What's the deal with syncing contacts between Address Book, iCloud and Gmail???

In short: how do I sync all my contacts between Mac OS X Address Book, iOS, iCloud.com, and Gmail.com? Not as short: In olden days, I used the Address Book app on my Mac to store all my contacts. Everything in there would sync to MobileMe (and by extension, iPhone, iPad and me.com) and Google (for Gmail). After iCloud was released in October, turning on contact syncing between Address Book and iCloud resulted in a message that said if iCloud contact syncing is turned on Google syncing must be turned off. Googling tells me that lots of people are having this problem, but I'm not finding a solution within all the noise. What am I missing? Any settings to change? Any software? Thanks in advance.
posted by jroybal on Jan 30, 2012 - 1 answer

Using Imap to forward GMail to Apple Mail, but outgoing messages are landing in [Imap]/Drafts folder

I am using IMAP to forward GMail to Apple Mail, but outgoing messages keep landing in a folder called [Imap]/Drafts instead of sending. Why? [more inside]
posted by abbyladybug on Jul 8, 2011 - 3 answers

Mac OSX and Gmail Aren't Playing Nice

Mac OSX (Safari) and Gmail: why do 'read' and 'unread' messages always look the same? [more inside]
posted by jnrussell on Sep 19, 2010 - 12 answers

I want my two computers to have identical e-mail files.

Please help me synchronize the e-mail on my two Macs, using short words and helpful illustrations. [more inside]
posted by The corpse in the library on May 18, 2010 - 9 answers

I hate you mail.app

Why can't I get mail.app to stop launching and to get my mailto links to load in safari under my gmail account instead? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 9, 2010 - 7 answers

How do I start using OS X Mail?

How can I start using OS X .Mail App when I'm so in love with Gmail on the web? [more inside]
posted by Junior687 on Nov 3, 2009 - 19 answers

I'm writing a terrible novel and it would be a huge loss if it disappeared

Help me come up with some sort of automated way of sending a file to myself in gmail. [more inside]
posted by tylerfulltilt on Oct 26, 2009 - 17 answers

Google, please believe me when I say this is my password.

After getting a new logicboard installed on my MacBook Pro this past week, why does GoogleUpdateInstaller constantly ask for my password every few minutes? I'm only using GMail notifier and it is making me insane. [more inside]
posted by banannafish on Oct 13, 2009 - 8 answers

I am accessing my work email using gmail, and I need help satisfying my company's backup requirements. Help?

I am accessing my work email using gmail, and I need help satisfying my company's backup requirements. Help? [more inside]
posted by kdern on Jun 30, 2009 - 19 answers

Why is my mom's Gmail account constantly CAPTCHA'ing her?

My mom's Gmail account keeps throwing up the CAPTCHA at login, blocking her mail clients. Why? [more inside]
posted by woot on Apr 28, 2009 - 9 answers

Email client not working properly? You don't say...

I created an Automator Workflow to do a daily automatic offsite backup of my documents. The only snag is that when I get my mac's Mail program to send the email to my gmail account, most of the time the message just sits in the outbox and doesn't actually send; but sometimes it starts sending right away. What gives?
posted by GleepGlop on Nov 24, 2008 - 7 answers

"Mark As Unread" Doesn't Work For Me Anymore

How do you organize your email? How can I better organize my emails and be a better email-user? [more inside]
posted by rossination on May 11, 2008 - 10 answers

Mismarried Mac, Mac, Mac

How can I sync, and keep in sync, my Powerbook G4 (tiger) & Mac Mini (leopard)? [more inside]
posted by prophetsearcher on Dec 20, 2007 - 9 answers

How to fake IMAP access to a Gmail account, with an extra twist?

I manage a small network of users, and currently we are using Google Apps for our domain, and getting mail via POP. I'd very much like to fake IMAP access to Google by creating an intermediary/shadow account (either on our web host, or on our local Apple XServe running OS X 10.4 Server) and configuring it like so: 1. Set Google address to forward automatically to shadow account. 2. Set desktops to check mail through shadow account, but send email through Google's SMTP servers, to keep conversations in tact. [more inside]
posted by jeffxl on Sep 3, 2007 - 4 answers

How to email my font?

I can't seem to email (gmail) font files to a client. What am I missing? [more inside]
posted by artdrectr on Apr 2, 2007 - 8 answers

Which email/calendar bundle should I use?

After years of slaving to my company's email and calendaring platform (Entourage) I now find myself not with that company anymore and free to choose what to use. [more inside]
posted by pman78 on Jan 1, 2007 - 9 answers

More stone knives, more bear skins...

What is the best browser to use to access Gmail from a Mac running OS 9? [more inside]
posted by mzurer on Oct 18, 2006 - 4 answers

My friend can't send .mac emails to my gmail address.

My friend cannot send emails from his .mac address to my .gmail address. We can send emails back and forth routing to/from different addresses, so it's not our accounts individually. Anybody else have this problem?
posted by billysumday on Jan 12, 2005 - 8 answers

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