You can backup Gmail chat logs with Gmail Keeper now!

A good news! You can backup your chat logs in Gmail now with Gmail Keeper!

To do that, the first step is to enable IMAP access for your chats (this was not possible not long ago), illustrated in the following screenshot.

backup gmail chats first step


Then, in the backup settings window in Gmail Keeper, you must set ‘Chats‘ is a ‘Label’ when being asked, as shown in the following screenshot.

use Gmail Keeper to backup Gmail chats


And the backed up gmail chats will be stored in eml format just like the ordinary emails. Check the screenshot below to have a look how the chat logs look like in the free Thunderbird email client program.

downloaded gmail chats are just look like "real" emails


New improvement of Gmail chat

A quick note – according to the official Gmail blog, in Gmail chat now you can chat with AIM users without a AIM screenname, and you can directly type an AIM screen name to start chatting (screenshot below).

However, Google still doesn’t provide an API for accessing Gmail chats yet, that’s the improvement of Gmail chat I want, because a lot of users has been requesting for the ability to backup Gmail chat records with Gmail Keeper

Gmail chat / google talk screenshot


Gmail chats backup

Update: You can now backup Gmail chat logs with Gmail Keeper, details here.

Google does not open Gmail chats API

We are constantly receiving requests from Gmail Keeper users for backing up Gmail chats history with Gmail Keeper, it seems that the chatting feature in Gmail (including Google Apps) is commonly being used, but unfortunately, since Google does not currently open the API (application programming interface) which allows downloading chats history from a Gmail account, it’s currently impossible to do that technically.

Gmail Keeper will backup Gmail chats in the future

The good news is, as soon as Gmail server opens an interface for accessing chats history to third party programs, we’ll follow up immediately, to add the Gmail chats backup function to Gmail Keeper, so ,eep an eye on Gmail Keeper 😉

Currently it can backup emails from all folders and labels from your Gmail account, and the labels are reserved in the local backup data, currently you can see the associated Gmail labels with modern zip archiver program (e.g. the free 7-zip), but in future versions will be able to view and search the local backup data with Gmail Keeper by using a Gmail-like interface.

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