Guide: How to Export Your GMAIL Inbox to mbox in

An Easy Step-by-Step Tutorial

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Gmail Export to mbox

For GoodByEmail to work its magic and identify your biggest inbox offenders, we'll need you to export an archive of your GMAIL inbox first. Here's a simple step-by-step guide to creating and downloading this archive. You'll end up with an mbox file, ready to be utilized by the GoodByEmail app

Step 1 - Create an archive of your GMAIL Inbox using Google Takeout

Head over to Google Takeout. Keep the default settings as they are ("All Mail data included") and hit the "Next Step" button:

Select Data to Include in Gmail export

Step 2 - File Type, Frequency, and Destination Settings

There's no need for any changes here. Just click on "Create Export".

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Step 3 - Waiting for Your Archive Email

The system will send an email with your archive. This could take anywhere from an hour to a day. You'll receive an email like the one below:

Gmail export ready to Download

Step 4 - Download all the zip files

Click on the “Download 1 of X“ button. This will take you back to Google Takeout. From here, you just need to download all the files. Depending on your inbox size, this might mean downloading more than just one file:

Download Gmail export

Step 5 - Unzip all the files

Once you've downloaded all the zip files to your computer, use your preferred method to unzip everything. You'll end up with one or more mbox files.

Easy, right?

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