How to Download Gmail Chat Logs via IMAP

The emails you send and receive are not tied to Gmail: using IMAP, you can download them all to your favorite email program and move them to another email account, too. What about Google Talk conversations, though?

Will you be able to export chat logs created and kept at Gmail in a convenient format, something akin to IMAP? You will, right now.

Gmail can turn your instant messaging conversations into threads of emails — available conveniently for download anywhere via IMAP.

Download Gmail Chat Logs via IMAP

To access and export Gmail and Google Talk chat logs using an email program:

Note that, while you can copy the chat transcripts from the [Gmail]/Chats folder, you cannot import them to a different Gmail account by copying to that account's [Gmail]/Chats folder.

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