Edit: After half day, my wife’s Mac started having the same problem. I have then applied the solution that I found in the Apple
Get your Gmail Backed Up
BackUp Gmail does exactly what you’d expect it to do – it backs up your Gmail account to your desktop computer.This app works in the background.It only costs $2 in the Mac App Store,although,it has a few issues.
Here is the thing – if it was just some random app we found on Inetrnet,we’d just say: we have no idea what this app is all about,how safe it is and how it operates with your Gmail data – so,don’t use it!However,this case is a bit different.This app comes from Apple’s own Mac App Store,where Apple assures us,measures are taken to make sure each app only does what it is supposed to do,nothing else.
This is a pure Mac App Store product.There is no way we would ever test an app that asks for our Gmail passwords,unless we had reassurance from someone we can trust.
The preferences panel is quite simple – this is where everything is st up.Though,sometimes setting things up may be a bit different from what you expect it to be.In order to add your Gmail account details you need to click on an oddly-labelled “Check availability” button,which might give you a feeling that you’re signing up for something new.
Here is a few issues that need to be fixed and solved.Once launched, there is no sign that anything is happening at all – it would be nice to see some kind of a progress bar or something,but,it doesn’t exist.Click the Menu Bar icon again and you’ll see a message that the “Backup is in progress” – that’s all you get.There is no pause function.In case you want to pause the backup,quit the app.When restarted,the backup has to be restarted manually.
There is another really unfortunate bug – on two occasions,using the app caused Finder to freeze up completely.To this problem we had to simply click “Relaunch” in the Force Quit menu.
So,how does the app work?It stores your emails in a folder you choose,using the .eml format also used by Apple’s Mail application.Your archived messages are searchable from the Spotlight menu,and you can drag them into a folder inside your Mail if you wish.
Make sure you enable IMAP in your Google settings in order to make it work.This application has to respect the wider network and Google’s servers,so,if you expect the backups to be lightning-fast – you’ll disappointed.It approximately saves 1 or 2 messages per second.So,if you want to backup an account with a few thousand messages – the best solution would be to leave the backup running overnight.Make sure you leave your Mac somewhere ventilated – we’ve noticed that ours got really hot after running the app for a while.
At this point,BackUp Gmail can only deal with one account at a time,but the developers are working on an update that would be able to handle multiple accounts.
Summing this all up – however you decide to do it,make sure you do back it up.There are a lot of stories about people getting shut out from their Gmail.You don’t want that to happen to you,right?BackUp Gmail makes it Setup-and-Forget easy.
Pro: Setup-and-forget ease of use
Con: A few rough edges and bugs, no progress indicator, only backs up one account at the moment