How To Download Your Emails From Gmail

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Many of us rely on email messages for business communication these days. Some of those emails end up being quite important, and you may want to have them saved on the side somewhere. If that’s the case, or you want to save some emails for whatever other reason, you can do that. In this particular case, we’ll show you how to download your emails from Gmail specifically. That is the most used platform for sending/receiving emails these days, so it only makes sense.

Do note that you can save emails only from the desktop client. So, you won’t be able to do it from your smartphone. Well, you can, if you open Gmail via the browser while being in desktop mode. The point is, you can’t do it via the Android app, unfortunately. We’ll explain how you can do that down below. We’ll also include some screenshots so that you can follow along, and do it yourself. Let’s get started.

How to download emails from Gmail

The first thing you need to do is open your Gmail account on your PC. Open the browser of your choice, in which you are logged into your Google account. Then, navigate to http://mail.google.com/. Once you’re there, you’ll need to select an email you’d like to download. Well, not only select it, but open it.


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Now that you’ve opened the email, you’ll see three vertical dots on the right side. Make sure that you tap those dots for that specific email, as there are also three dots above them that don’t contain the same options. Check the screenshot below.

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When you click them, a new pop-up menu will open. In that menu, one of the options is “Download message”, click that.

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Your email will be downloaded in an .eml format. Do note that you can only download one email at a time, as Gmail does not allow you to download a batch of your emails or anything of the sort. Well, you can use IMAP to download all emails to a local email client, but that’s a whole different story.


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How to open downloaded emails

In any case, now that you’ve downloaded your email, you’re probably wondering how to open it. First and foremost, you cannot upload them to another Gmail account, unless you use IMAP, but that’s not what we’re here for. You can, however, use a local email client to view your .eml files. Some examples are Outlook on Windows, and macOS Mail on Mac.