While MAC is busy pushing up its iCloud services these days which you can use to backup emails data from Apple Mail application It’s understandable if you want to go by the traditional method of backing up your Apple Mail data. Meanwhile, there are various other options to create or save in a backup. Either you choose for an external hard drive or another email clients.
An external drive always remains a solid choice, if you prefer a physical location to store, protect and share your data (without any cloud storage fees, either) and another client application is choice if you want to migrate from Apple mail email to other like Outlook, Thunderbird or Outlook Express. Let’s go over how to back up your Mac Mail emails to an external hard drive or other possible.
If you are Apple’s Mail application, there probably a time comes you will want to move your email messages and email account to another system. Fortunately, there’s an easy way to move your mail!
Keep on reading, to learn how to take mail backup in Apple Mail.
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Archive Apple Mail Email Messages
One of the easy methods that you opt for is archiving the Apple Mail email messages. If you do archive Apple mail on a regular basis then you should backup your emails in a folder on a hard drive
Step 1: Firstly close the Apple Mail application
Step 2: Copy the folder from the location
Step 3: Drag and then drop the folder onto your a removable disc. To restore them back, simply copy it back to your hard drive.
Step 4: After that, the system will ask “if you would like to replace the existing folder”. Confirm it by clicking Yes.
Exporting & Importing a Mac Mailbox
In Apple Mail choose your file to export or back it up. From Menu choose ‘Export Mailbox’, navigate to the destination folder and export. The resultant export will be named as ‘INBOX2.mbox‘ for differing the previous in increment numbers.
Now import Mac Mbox(generic format for Apple Mail) Mailbox
Select Import Mailboxes from the Menu > Import Mailboxes and navigate to where the exported MBOX folder is and choose what to import, what happens is that it is stored as a new mailbox; named as “Import-2”
Now all you have to locate the mailbox see the contents, click and drag the messages to a new mailbox destination.
Back up using Time Machine
- Set up your Time Machine and Choose Back Up Now from the Time Machine menu.
- To stop automatic backups, open Time Machine preferences, then either deselect Back Up Automatically or turn off Time Machine.
- To exclude the items from your backup, open Time Machine preferences from the Time machine menu.
- Click Options.
- Click the Add button to add an item.
- Click the Remove button to remove excluding
Refer this article to read about more Apple Mail Backup options
Backup of the file is always a secure way to restore a data if you have accidentally deleted or lost emails on a Mac. And you must have the knowledge if you are opting for any of these methods. Most of the user also opt an option to take backup Apple Mail emails into other emails clients like Microsoft Outlook PST format.
For this, you must use MBOX to PST Converter software for the safe and secure conversion of Apple Mail MBOX files.
I hope you get your options here.