What is Google Takeout?

Wendy Hawkins | Modified: 2020-12-24T08:32:15+00:00 | Gmail, How to, Tech News|

Google Takeout is basically a platform that allows users to import, export from different Google Applications. In other words, Google Stores all your existing data and compiles it into one single file, and users can download this data too. Users can access data from anywhere with stable internet connectivity.

Why Use Google Takeout?

You can use Google Takeout for some reasons which are mentioned below:

  • Export images, videos, audios, etc. to a PC or laptop.
  • To solve Gmail Storage issues such as Gmail Storage Full Not Receiving Emails
  • Users can save some important files on other cloud services.

What Type of Data User Can Save?

Google Takeout lists multiple types of data, like Photos, Contacts, Hangouts, Calendars, Google Search history, and many more. In simple words, Google Takeout retrieves all the data from all the products you used, for example- Gmail, Maps, YouTube, etc.

How to Use Google Takeout?

Follow the steps given below to know the procedure of Google Takeout:

  1. Enter your Gmail Account credentials and log-in.
  2. After logging in, you need to click on the “Google Apps” Icon and click on the “Account” button.
  3. Go to the “Personal Info & Privacy” option and under that select the “Control your Content” option.
  4. After this, select the “Create Archive” button to create an archive folder.
  5. Now you need to click on the “Select None” option to download some specific data from Google products.
  6. Click on the “Toggle Bar” to select the products for downloading data.
  7. After selecting some specific products of your choice, you need to click on the “Next” button.
  8. Now, select the file type, it can be .zip or .tgz according to your need.
    You need to click on the “Create Archive” button.

A progress bar will be displayed after this which will show your Status of download.

When the archive is finished you can check the status on your takeout page by selecting the “Manage Archive” option.

After this, click on the “Download” button. And your file will be downloaded to a specific location which you will select.

Drawbacks of Google Takeout Method

  • User cannot download files by this method which are own by someone else.
  • You can’t export folders that have been shared with you in the drive.
  • This Google takeout method is not reliable, you can lose your data permanently.
  • It has a limit of 2-3 archives per day.
  • If your data is big in size then you will end up with partial downloads.
    Internet connection should be stable, if your network gets interrupted then you need to start the procedure all over again.

To avoid these kinds of problems you can use the alternative solution which is Mailbakup Gmail Email Backup Software. Check the below sections to know more.

Automated Solution: Gmail Backup Tool

You can use the Mailbakup Gmail Backup Tool to avoid such problems. Follow the method given below to do the same:

  • In this first step, Add Credentials to your Gmail account and login to your account.
  • The tool provides you an option to select any file format {MBOX, PST, MSG, EML} in which you want to save your emails.
  • Now, you need to select the Filter to export emails from Gmail.
  • Finally, click on the “Start” button to complete the procedure.

Key Features of Automated Solution

  • This professional software maintains the folder structure hierarchy.
  • Apply Filter option to Filter Emails in Gmail by Date
  • Users can download images, videos, documents from a Gmail account by using this tool.
  • This software is available in 6 different languages like Chinese, English, German, etc.
  • The software can take a backup Gmail Emails to Computer in bulk.
  • Using Delete After Download option users can Free up Space in Gmail Account
  • This tool can also download contacts from Gmail

Summing Up

In the above write-up, we have discussed the Google Takeout method. But, as we know it has many drawbacks and we can lose our crucial data. So, we have mentioned other automated methods to overcome all those limitations. Therefore, you can use Gmail Backup Software to download your data safely.

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