Several of our clients have decided they no longer want to be spied upon by Google. So Scott Jordan, a very vocal member of Patty’s Pioneers, has embarked on a project to see what it takes to disentangle himself from Google. Scott hasn’t cut the cord yet, but he wants to know that he can do it.
One of the toughest challenges Scott discovered was moving himself off of Gmail. Although it’s easy enough to switch search engines, with email, you can’t just go cold turkey. You want to save the rich history of all the important emails you’ve sent and received. Scott reports that the tools that Google provides to let you export your data, including your email files, are much too clunky to do the job efficiently, particularly for someone like Scott, who has amassed a LOT of emails (300,000 emails with 16GB of data) over the years that he has been using Gmail.
How to Export Your Gmail History
In a recent blog post, entitled: How to back up your Gmail and other Google stuff for safety, economy or switching, Scott describes the threes states of mind that many Google users find themselves in: