Google Takeout (Google Takeaway in some languages) is a project by the Google Data Liberation Front that allows users of Google products, such as YouTube and Gmail, to export their data to a downloadable ZIP file.


To Download your Data Log in to the account you wish to backup and click on the URL below.


https://www.google.com/settings/takeout


Gmail Account is downloaded in MBOX format which can be opened and viewed in Mozilla Thunderbird


http://www.mozilla.org/en-US/thunderbird/


To import the MBOX file in Thunderbird you will need to download the following add on https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/thunderbird/addon/importexporttools/

Once the add on is included in Thunderbird:

Click on the menu in the top right hand corner

Select tools>ImportExportTools>import mbox file

Select 'import directly one or more mbox file' and then select your mbox file from its saved location and click 'open'.