How to Back Up Opera Mail Messages

Copy all your Opera Mail emails to another folder for safekeeping

You can back up your Opera Mail messages, which is helpful if you need to restore emails or account settings. It's easy to back up Opera Mail messages because the program tells you where it stores every email. Once you know that, you can make a backup copy of the email folder.

As of Opera version 15, released in 2013, Opera Mail is a separate program. In older versions, the email client was part of the browser.

How to Make a Backup of Opera Mail

The steps to save your Opera Mail emails depend on whether you use 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 upper-left corner of the window, then choose Help > About Opera Mail.

    If you use the browser to access Opera Mail, go to Opera > Help > About Opera.

    About Opera under the Help menu
  2. Copy the location next to Mail directory, then close the program.

    The Mail Directory location and Copy command
  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 holds all the mail information. For example, the folder in this example is:

    C:\Users\Jon\AppData\Local\Opera\Opera\mail\

    Move up one folder. Following this example, the destination is:

    C:\Users\Jon\AppData\Local\Opera\Opera\

    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 and then press Ctrl+C on the keyboard.

  6. Paste the mail folder where 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 another folder on the same computer.