How to Back Up Opera Mail Messages

Copy all your Opera Mail emails to another folder for safekeeping

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You can back up your Opera Mail messages, which is helpful if you ever need to restore emails or account settings.

It's really easy to back up Opera Mail messages because the program tells you exactly where it's storing every single email. Once you know that, you can make a backup copy of the whole email folder.

As of Opera version 15, released in 2013, Opera Mail is an entirely separate program. In older versions, the email client was built-in to the browser.

How to Make a Backup of Opera Mail

The steps you need to take to save your Opera Mail emails depend on whether you're using Opera Mail in the Opera browser or as a standalone program. Any differences will be pointed out in the directions.

  1. Select Opera Mail in the top-left window, then choose Help > About Opera Mail.

    If you're using the browser to access Opera Mail, go to Opera > Help > About Opera.

    Opera help menu
  2. Copy the location next to Mail directory, then close the program.

    Opera Mail directory information
  3. Navigate to that folder in Windows Explorer.

    Opera Mail folder in Windows Explorer
  4. Move to its root folder. The aim here is to see the "mail" folder—the one that's holding all of the mail information. For example, the folder in our example is as follows:


    We want to move "up" one folder so that we're in the following destination:

    Opera installation folders
  5. Right-click the email folder and copy it. Another quick way to copy a folder is to left-click it once to highlight it, then press Ctrl+C on your keyboard.

  6. Paste the mail folder wherever you want the information to be backed up. This could be an online file storage account, a location that gets backed up online, an external hard drive, a flash drive, or even another folder on the same computer.