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 -
A few days ago I was searching for an email in my Gmail inbox and entered the email address of the person I knew it was from -- let's say firstname.lastname@example.org. I don't know what I did wrong during this very mundane occurrence, but ever since then "email@example.com" has been aggressively filling itself in on google-related search boxes in Chrome, preventing me from using Google effectively. How can I make it stop? [more inside]
posted by ootandaboot
on Apr 3, 2014 -
I just got married! Yay! And I wanted to change my email address to reflect my new name. But that is turning out to be difficult. [more inside]
posted by Lizlemondrop
on Jan 6, 2014 -
GMail Themes only change the look of the inbox as best I can tell, not the background and text color of the actual messages. My grandfather's eyesight is degenerating badly, and he can read white-on-black much easier than black-on-white. I assume the answer involves user styles managed through the Chrome plugin Stylish, which has a lot of options for Google Chrome, but searching the web hasn't turned up a working snippet of code for user styles that will change the text and background colors. Any help would be greatly appreciated!
posted by Televangelist
on Dec 31, 2013 -
I would like my friends & family who are not G+ members (and do not want to be) to be able to view my Picasaweb albums as in the past.
I have searched several forums like google's downgrade
, but find no definitive answers.
If I delete my Google+ profile can I email the link to my friends/family? I do not want to lose my Gmail account.
posted by lungtaworld
on Oct 27, 2013 -
Why does my Gmail tab continue blinking indicating I have an unread Google Talk window when I've already viewed it? It's been getting progressively worse for months, and I have several friends who have this same issue. The only way to get the tab to stop blinking is to open an email or something similar, which then "clears" the blinking name ("Steve says...") out of the tab. [more inside]
posted by rbf1138
on Aug 29, 2013 -
A few months ago, I started getting emails thanking me for signing up for things like Match.com, Monster, and a few newsletters, all of these were using a personal address that I haven't used in about 7 years. I figured it was a weird spam thing, since the user names they created for these accounts were just random letters (like djfdksjafkasjvnckdfja). Today, I got four different responses from auto insurance companies about quote requests that I didn't actually make, all using that old address as well. I think I need to delete my Google account to stop this, but I'm very very hesitant to lose access to all my paid apps. Any suggestions what I could do?
posted by shesdeadimalive
on Aug 20, 2013 -
I just nabbed a 32gb WiFi Chromebook Pixel off Craigslist and it's a fun machine. I'd like to get the most out of it and have a two questions, one about ubuntu and one about GMail (as my main email client). [more inside]
posted by dobbs
on May 27, 2013 -
I'm an avid user of Gmail and other Google services, but I'm increasingly uncomfortable keeping my entire email history on someone else's servers. Can I keep a week's worth of messages on the server and encrypt everything else? What are some other Gmail privacy compromises? [more inside]
posted by ecmendenhall
on Apr 17, 2013 -
I'm a recent Chrome user, and so far I'm having a hell of a time with the privacy settings. I like the idea of using the synch feature so I can have my bookmarks and things shared across the three or four desktops I use. However, I can't seem to figure out how to make it so it doesn't sign in automatically when I open the browser - I would like to be prompted to put in a password every time.
I feel really stupid, but I can't figure out how to make that happen. [more inside]
posted by Think_Long
on Mar 29, 2013 -
This has happened twice now, and it is freaky. Google chrome on the iMac I use in my office at work (at a university) will have usernames and passwords for people who have never been in my office ever. The first time it happened it was my father's email, and the second time it was my stepmother's. Why would chrome be filling in these odd emails when it doesn't even save my own login information after closing the browser window? [more inside]
posted by artychoke
on Mar 7, 2013 -
I recently started in a new job and got a used laptop for my desk. I have utilized this with my Chrome/ Google account. Then, after a few weeks, I got a warning in gmail, telling me that a foreign state might be trying to hack my account or computer. My question is, should I start to worry about being tageted by hackers? Or is the alert from google and the phishing attempts a coincidence?
posted by Nightly
on Feb 24, 2013 -
I get google drive document invites sent to my work email, and I can't access them through my gmail account, even though I've successfully linked the two addresses in my primary google account. Any ideas? [more inside]
posted by mercredi
on Jan 17, 2013 -
After years of being an Android user, I finally bought my first iPhone. I'm having trouble and getting thoroughly confused with merging and syncing all my contacts. Please help me
start over and create the Ultimate Contacts Manager solution that doesn't require me to become a sync wizard. [more inside]
posted by zooropa
on Jan 17, 2013 -
Is there any way to 1) have an Android phone that is always on and connected with your gmail account and 2) be invisible in gchat at the same time? [more inside]
posted by segfault
on Dec 24, 2012 -
[I am old/paranoid/a special snowflake filter] I am a Mac person. I have mostly avoided google products in my life, and am not eager for google to know everything about me. I just got a Nexus S (because it was the free option). How can I use my phone most effectively for email and calendars/reminders? [Lots of tedious old person details inside] [more inside]
posted by latkes
on Dec 19, 2012 -
Google calendar idiot here. How do I sync iPhone to google calendar, not the other way around and why is someone else's calendar appearing in my google calendar online? [more inside]
posted by meerkatty
on Nov 28, 2012 -
Why can I access the rest of the internet but not any Google sites? How can I fix this? [more inside]
posted by raccoon409
on Nov 27, 2012 -
How do I force my Gmail account's phone number to associate with the same account's Google Voice number? [more inside]
posted by frodoxiii
on Sep 20, 2012 -
I have multiple email addresses associated with my gmail account. Can I make one of them show up as the default in an original
email's "from" field based on the email address or domain I'm writing to? [more inside]
posted by jessca84
on Sep 1, 2012 -
I logged into Google Chrome on my home computer this morning without thinking much about it via my Gmail account. I immediately noticed my bookmarks bar, web history etc. have all been transformed into the settings from my WORK computer and my home computer bookmarks are gone. I signed out of Chrome, but the work bookmarks are still there. How do I fix this?
posted by the foreground
on Aug 3, 2012 -
Asking for a friend: Trying to solve a Gmail lockout issue involving moving to another country, deactivating a previous iPhone, and 2-step verification. (Details within.) [more inside]
posted by shakespeherian
on Jul 3, 2012 -
I use multiple google accounts, and their multiple sign-in feature is generally very helpful to me. I have a work google domain account, managed by my company, and a personal google account. Lately, when I have gone to youtube or google voice, it often associates to my work account, which I do not want. I'd prefer that my work account is only associated with gmail. Is this possible?
posted by Nothing
on Jun 10, 2012 -
It's possible to drag a message to a label in GMail by grabbing it from the leftmost edge. However, on a hi-res monitor, this can be quite difficult. Is there a hack or greasemonkey script that allows you to drag the message by clicking and dragging anywhere in the Subject rather than just the left edge?
posted by I EAT TAPAS
on Jun 10, 2012 -
This morning about 108 gmail inbox messages vanished. I can find them under "all mail" but i don't know they would leave the inbox. Also, someone's been trying to add an event to my google calendar, with no success.
are these two things related? is there evidence of a hack?
posted by holdenjordahl
on May 13, 2012 -
Google contacts seems to be getting increasingly problematic for me. In some contact records, I have over a dozen random email addresses assigned to a contact (that have no relation at all). In others, the contact email is legitimate, but is now named after some individual I have never ever had any form of contact with, apparently through some google+ functionality (I have not signed up for google+).
Aside from ditching this increasingly crappy platform, any advice how it make this work?
I cant see hand fixing thousands of contacts....
posted by dougiedd
on May 5, 2012 -
Please recommend for me a new search tool to replace Google Desktop. Ideally I want something that searches the full text of all files, that covers everything on my hard drive plus Google Docs. I want it to be fast, offer results in context, and have a simple interface that offers 'sort by relevance' and 'sort by date.' I use Ubuntu. [more inside]
posted by Susan PG
on Mar 19, 2012 -
I'm working on a demo for a potential software product.
The content of the product will be a combination of slides, still images, video, and voice over, delivered via a web site (mobile will follow if the product goes to full production). [more inside]
posted by I, Credulous
on Mar 6, 2012 -
Gmail just asked me if I wanted to import all my mail from another email account of mine. How can I figure out if I've ever told Gmail I own this account? Or is this just google being creepy as hell again? [more inside]
posted by Diablevert
on Feb 28, 2012 -
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 -
How to use google apps to run my email but still be able to migrate to something else later? What steps do I need to take to make sure that someday if my business needs to I can migrate away
from having google backend my email of my owned domain? [more inside]
posted by Twinedog
on Oct 5, 2011 -
Can I have my Gmail (Google App account) logged in without Google signing me to every service and tracking my every move? [more inside]
posted by nam3d
on Aug 24, 2011 -
How do I disassociate what Youtube account I'm logged into from what Google account I'm logged into? [more inside]
posted by RobotHero
on Jul 25, 2011 -
Weird Google Groups and/or Gmail issue. I sent a message to a Google-hosted mailing list I am on, from a Google Apps e-mail address, and received a couple of unlikely e-mails in response…from myself. [more inside]
posted by adamrice
on Jul 8, 2011 -
rolled out some major redesigns recently. In fact they look quite similar to me; a bunch of random floating lists and boxes, with a dark bar at the top. What's the philosophy beside the aesthetic choices? I realize that there are technical improvements going on behind the scenes and that taste is subjective. Still, there must be some reason Google and Facebook would make major cosmetic changes. Hey designers, what's the logic?
posted by 2bucksplus
on Jul 7, 2011 -
How can I make sure Mailto links in Chrome (for Mac) open in Gmail and not my default mail client (Mail)? I've seen the official 'Send from Gmail' extension in the Chrome Webstore, but surely Chrome should support Gmail natively without the need for an extension?
posted by nam3d
on Jun 21, 2011 -
After three great years my Google Calendar has simply stopped sending me email notifications. I have tried the help page here
and many unhelpful forum posts here
. This seems to be a prevalent problem. I wish I could switch to something else but Gmail is what I use heart and soul for work. Any others solved this problem? I am all ears. Thanks for your time.
posted by snap_dragon
on May 7, 2011 -
Multiple domains- I know how to forward them.
I could start a Google account for each.
But I'd really like to get the email to forward instead? I want it to be that you send an email to (anything) firstname.lastname@example.org and it ends up going to my main domain/email account.
posted by filmgeek
on Feb 7, 2011 -
What's the best way to get e-mail notification of my Google Contacts' birthdays?
posted by grouse
on Dec 31, 2010 -
Please tell me everything I need to know about the GMail dot feature (placing - or not placing - a dot in the username of a gmail email address). I don't understand it, how to use it, what it does and how to take advantage of it. As an email receiver and sender. Also, what problems are created with this? Is there a way I can use it to categorize email, both received and sent? [more inside]
posted by iamkimiam
on Oct 15, 2010 -