Email, Messaging, & Video Calls Email 317 317 people found this article helpful How to Export Your Emails From Gmail as Mbox Files Gmail messages export into a single downloadable archive by Heinz Tschabitscher Writer A former freelance contributor who has reviewed hundreds of email programs and services since 1997. our editorial process Heinz Tschabitscher Updated on June 13, 2020 reviewed by Ryan Perian Lifewire Tech Review Board Member Ryan Perian is a certified IT specialist who holds numerous IT certifications and has 12+ years' experience working in the IT industry support and management positions. our review board Article reviewed on Mar 26, 2020 Ryan Perian Email Gmail Yahoo! Mail Tweet Share Email The emails in your Gmail account are available for download using IMAP and POP, but downloading all of your messages as a single mbox file suitable for either offline archiving or uploading to an mbox-compatible email client. How a Gmail Archive Works When an archive is created by using one of these options, Google emails you a link to the archive location. Depending on the amount of information in your account, this process could take a few minutes or several hours. Many get the link to the archive the same day. The email storage format used to organize email messages is a single text file called an mbox file. The mbox file saves messages in a concentrated format in which each message is stored after another, starting with the From header. This format was originally used by Unix hosts but is now supported by other email applications, including Outlook and Apple Mail. How to Export Your Emails from Gmail as mbox Files To download a copy of the messages in your Gmail account in the mbox file format: To download specific messages, apply a label to those messages. For example, create a label titled messages to download and apply it to the messages you want to download. Go to https://takeout.google.com/settings/takeout. Select Select None. Gmail only stores emails, it cannot store the other data on the export screen. Scroll to Mail, select the gray X to the right, then: To download only certain messages, select All Mail.Check Select Labels.Check the labels that tag the emails you want to download. Select Next. Do not change the file type, then select Create Archive. A zip file transmits to your selected delivery method (by default, you will get an email with a link to download the zip).