Backup Gmail contacts?

We are planning to add the Gmail contacts backup function to Gmail Keeper, do you have such a requirement? If yes, what format do you prefer to use for storing your Gmail contacts in your local PC?

Any comments will be welcomed.

For manual Gmail contacts backup or Google Apps contacts backup, you can check this how-to tutorial.

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Automated Gmail backup via IMAP

In this post I’ll tell you a little about the internal of Gmail Keeper.

One of the interfaces Gmail Keeper uses to backup emails from your Gmail account is the IMAP interface, without this IMAP protocol being supported by Gmail server in addition to pop3, it’s not possible to backup both the emails and labels, because the POP3 protocol allows you access the inbox only, but through ¬†IMAP you can read all folders and labels in your Gmail account.

There are other programs you can use to backup Gmail using the IMAP , such as the open source mail client Thunderbird, the Microsoft Outlook, etc. So you might want to ask why Gmail Keeper? Well, those software are not designed for the backup purpose. So I think there are at least several reasons why Gmail Keeper is better for this purpose:

  1. Automated backup. You can schedule the backup jobs to run on a daily, weekly or monthly basis.
  2. You can better organize your backup data for the purpose of archiving.
  3. Gmail Keeper is lightweight and fast.

Of course, I have to mentioned the open source gmail-backup.com that also uses the IMAP interface, to avoid other people criticize me being biased, I’m not going to compare it with Gmail Keeper here, you can check it out and you will have your idea ūüôā

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Backup all emails between two dates from a Gmail account to local harddisk with Gmail Keeper

Gmail Keeper has been allowing you select which folder/label to backup already, however, some users want  more control on what kind of emails they want to backup, so the new version released today introduced a new feature Рallows you choose to backup only  emails received/sent between a date range.  Check the Gmail Keeper homepage right now!

Backup profile editor window showing date range option

Backup profile editor window showing date range option

Start from today I’ll post the release notes about Gmail Keeper here. Here are some other changes made ¬†since the first version:

  1. Added a new context menu item to let you quickly locate both the network activity and backup/restore  log files in Windows Explorer, this smoothes the user feedback process.
  2. Fixed a bug which prevents labels those happened to be parent labels of other labels being backed up. For example, if you have 2 labels, one is called Friends while another is called Friends/Jack (note the slash symbol), the former were not be backed up.
  3. Fixed a bug which occurred when downloading email headers from a folder which contains a large amount (over several tens of thousands). This is because Gmail server is not designed to perfectly work with such backup operations performed by programs such as Gmail Keeper.  Anyway, we luckily found a way to solve it.
  4. Fixed occational error which is caused by an network problem with message ‘Your Gmail display langugage has changed to none-English language, try to edit the profile and identify Gmail folders manually.’
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