Google has now made it easier for users to extract their important and personal data from Gmail and Calendar by adding it to Google Takeout. The download will be available in iCalendar and MBOX format for Calendar and Gmail respectively which can then be moved to other platforms.
If you are someone who has faced the jolt of losing data or is worried about your data being compromised, this news should make you happy.
Google software engineer, Nick Piepmeier, said in a blog post,
“Having access to your data and being able to take it with you is important, especially if that data contains precious memories like old love letters, your first job offer, or that 100-message thread discussing the merits of various cat videos. Starting today we’re rolling out the ability to export a copy of your Gmail and Google Calendar data, making it easy to back up your data or move to another service.”
With this new announcement, users will now be able download their Gmail and Calendar data from Google Takeout. Takeout is a tool which allows easy download of data from Google products. You download the data into subsets and customised archives or in a single archive file from products like Gmail, Calendar, Google+, YouTube, Drive, hangouts, Voice, Blogger Google+ Pages, +1s, Google+ Stream, Google+ Circles and other products.
There is a limitation here. Users will be able to download data not more than 3 times a day or more than seven times a week, so you may have to plan your data archiving accordingly. One good thing is you don’t need to keep deleting the archives manually as they will be auto-deleted after seven days.
Gmail download option kick-starts next month whereas calendar download can be done right away.
Google Takeout is managed by ‘Data Liberation Front’ that thrives on its mission statement which reads, “Users should be able to control the data they store in any of Google’s products. Our team’s goal is to make it easier to move data in and out.”
After seeing cloud services being hacked, data being compromised, servers getting hijacked and stored information getting deleted in the process, it makes sense to store you own backups of personal data.