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Google users can now back up or export their data from Gmail or Google Calendar, the search engine giant has announced.
With the new functionality, users can now search and find e-mails and calendar events from years past.
“Having access to your data and being able to take it with you is important, especially if that data contains precious memories like old love letters, your first job offer, or that 100-message thread discussing the merits of various cat videos,” said Google software engineer Nick Piepmeier in a blog post.
“You can download all of your mail and calendars or choose a subset of labels and calendars. You can also download a single archive file for multiple products with a copy of your Gmail, Calendar, Google+, YouTube, Drive, and other Google data.”
Google has set a limit on how often users can export from their e-mail account: three times a day as many as seven times total per week.
By default, Google stores all e-mail messages in a single mbox file, but does permit users to choose labels to export, which would then be contained in its own mail-box file.
Upon exporting from Gmail, each message’s labels are preserved in a special X-Gmail-Labels header, in CSV format — and most mail clients allow for extensions to be written in order to make use of the data.
The ability to download Gmail messages will be rolled out over the next month. Calendar data, however, is available to download immediately.
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