How to download Gmail on PC: Gmail is the web mail service from Google and, by its very nature, it is directly accessible via the browser, without having to download and install anything on the PC. This is undoubtedly convenient, but you, finding more “orderly” the use of individual applications to access the various services you use, would like to understand if there is a way to download Gmail on your PC and use it as if it were a stand-alone application.
You rushed to the web looking for information about it and ended up on this tutorial of mine. How do you say? The situation is precisely this and you would like to know if I can actually help you or not? Of course yes, God forbid!
In fact, if you devote a little of your attention to me, I can explain how to use Gmail as a program and, still on the subject, how to download the emails hosted by the service in some of the main email clients. Come on then: position yourself comfortably, take a few free minutes just for you and concentrate on reading what is reported below. I am sure that, in the end, you will be able to say that you are very happy and satisfied with the results obtained. Let it bet?
How to download Gmail to your PC for free
As mentioned at the beginning of the tutorial, Gmail is a Web mail service and, as such, it is not available as dedicated computer software.
To access Gmail from a computer, therefore, you need to use a Web browser (eg. Chrome) and it is not possible – at least at the moment – to rely on official apps of the service as it happens in the mobile environment on Android And iOS / iPadOS.
But be careful: this does not mean that it is not possible in any way download Gmail on your PC. Until a few years ago, in fact, Gmail was also usable in the form of an app for the Chrome browser, and the latter worked even in the absence of an Internet connection.
Today the aforementioned app has been removed from the Chrome Web Store, but use Gmail offline continues to be possible. The functionality offered by the extension has in fact been incorporated directly into the mail service, so just activate it in the relative settings to be able to use it. It works on various browsers and not just on Chrome.
Instead, I would stay away from many of the gods unofficial clients for Gmail that are on the Net: since, to work, they require access to the Google account, it is better to avoid them. If you really find one you like, make sure it’s open source (therefore with source code that can be examined by the community) or that it is produced by a super-reliable company.
Returning to us and to the official features to use Gmail offline, if you are interested you can activate the use of Gmail even when disconnected by acting as follows: open the browser, go to the Gmail home page and log in to your account (if necessary).
Once logged in, click on the icon with the gear wheel located at the top right and press the button View all settings present in the menu that opens. Now that you see all the Gmail settings, select the tab Offlineput a check mark next to the box Enable offline mail and adjust the settings relating to the use of the function, acting on the options found in the section Synchronization settings and indicating how long you want to keep the emails in the absence of an Internet connection and whether or not you want to download the attachments.
In conclusion, specify if after disconnecting from the Google account you want to keep the data offline on your computer or if you prefer to remove them, by selecting the option of your interest in the section Safetyand save your changes by clicking on the button first Save Changes and then on that OK.
If you want a hint, after enabling Gmail offline use, add a desktop shortcut to the e-mail service, so as to be able to access it even more quickly and quickly and similarly to as if it were a PC program. To find out how to do this, you can follow the instructions I gave you in my specific guide on how to put Gmail on your desktop.
If you change your mind, you can disable the feature that allows you to use Gmail offline at any time. To do this, first remove any offline data that may be present on your computer, following the instructions I gave you in my guide on how to delete browsing data. Afterwards, log back into the tab Offline of Gmail settings as I explained earlier, remove the check mark from the box Activate offline and press the button Save Changes.
As an alternative to using the offline email service, you can download Gmail on your PC also by configuring its use in a e-mail client, that is a computer software that allows you to manage email boxes directly from the desktop, even without having to be connected to the Internet. If the question interests you and you want to deepen it, you can consult my review on the best email clients and my article on how to set up Gmail.
How to download Gmail mail on PC
Still talking about how to download Gmail on your PC, let’s now find out how to do the email download received, in order to keep a copy for archival purposes. Below you will find explained how to proceed, both by acting from the Gmail web interface and by using the main e-mail clients.
From the Web
To download the email received on Gmail by acting on theweb interface service, first connect to the home page of the service and to log into your account (if necessary). Next, locate the message you intend to download to your PC by looking for it in the Incoming mail or in any case in the school bag of your interest that you can select through the side menu, then click on it, in order to open it.
Once you have completed the steps above, click the button with i three dots vertically located at the top right and select the item Download the message from the context menu that opens: by doing so, the email will be downloaded in EML format and if you have not changed the default browser settings it will be saved in the folder Download Of computer.
Eventually, you can also decide to save the email as a PDF document. To do this, click on the icon of printer found at the top right, select the PDF printer from the drop-down menu Printer and press the button Press, to start the save process. Then indicate the folder where to keep the PDF file, press the button Save And that’s it.
If you want to download Gmail mail to your PC using the client Outlook from Microsoft, however, the first thing you need to do is to start the program, locate the message on which to go to act in the school bag dedicated to incoming mail or in the one of your interest that you can select through the side menu (if it is not visible, click on dart top left) and select it.
After completing the above steps, click on the menu File present at the top left, select the item Save with name from the latter and indicates the position and the format (TXT, EML, HTML, MHT) where you want to save the email, then press the button Save And that’s it.
Even if you use Thunderbird, the Mozilla home email client, you can download the emails on your computer to your computer. To do this, start the program, locate the message that you want to save in the folder dedicated to incoming mail or in another position which you can select via the side menu and right-click on it, then select the item Save as from the context menu that is shown to you.
After completing the above steps, select the destination folderchoose one of the formats supported (EML, HTML or TXT) and, finally, click on the button Save, in order to confirm the saving of the email on your PC. Easier than that?
From Apple Mail
You own a Mac, you have configured to use Gmail with Apple Mail and, therefore, would you like to understand how to download emails locally? I’ll explain immediately how to proceed, it’s child’s play. First, launch the program, on your computer, then locate thee-mail that you intend to save locally from the section dedicated to incoming mail or by another eventual school bag accessible via the side menu (if it is not visible, you can enable it from the menu View) and select it.
Next, click on the menu File located at the top left, choose the option Save as attached to it, indicates the position on your Mac where to save the email, specify the format output (EML, RTF or TXT) and click on the button Save.
If you then want to save the email as a PDF file, you can always do so by selecting the email message of your interest, by clicking on the menu File and choosing the option from the latter Export as PDF. Next, it indicates the position where you want to save the final file and press the button Save. Done!