All things man-made will break, even Google’s own GMail. Now, you don’t need to fuss about it if you had all your GMail data backed up.
Here’s a bunch of great resources on how to back up your GMail so the next time GMail goes down, you will still have access to your e-mail:
- If you use MS Outlook and pop your mail from GMail, you are already all good since you have downloaded all your e-mail. (unless you deleted it) I use MS Outlook every once in awhile just to pop my e-mails from GMail. That’s my 1st backup.
Even if you don’t have MS Outlook, you can use any computer’s default e-mail system to setup a simple POP3 e-mail. Just hit send/receive every once in awhile and you will have backup copies. You can also use Firefox Thunderbird, which is completely free. (Instructions on how to setup Thunderbird with GMail here.)
- There’s a free software called GMail Backup you can use to backup all your GMail.
- For linux users, try referring to this guide on how to backup your GMail.
- Of course, you can also “forward” all your e-mails to another public e-mail address so you will always have 2 copies. – Instructions on that here.
- There’s even how to back up your GMail using “restricted” Google Groups method.
Well, that’s just a handful of ways you can back up your GMail so the next time there’s GMail outage, you will still be able to keep going.
I think the simplest way is to actually have an EMail client such as MS Outlook or Firefox Thunderbird and pop your e-mails every once in awhile. Of course, make sure you set the e-mail POP settings so they leave GMail e-mails “unread” if you want to keep using GMail web version. (That’s how I do it. I have MS Outlook but I hate using it to actually send mail over my GMail web/mobile.)