How to Save Gmail Email as an EML File

Contents
  1. Create an EML file from a Gmail message to save it offline
  2. Method 1: Save the file in EML format
  3. Method 2: Convert the file to EML type

Create an EML file from a Gmail message to save it offline

You can easily download a Gmail message as a text file, and that’s fine if you’re just going to read it in a text editor or word processing program. However, if you want to open it in a different email client, you may need to save it in a different format, especially as an EML file.

So why do you want to download messages in the first place? One reason is to support them. Another way is to share them with someone instead of forwarding the original messages. Whatever the reason, Gmail makes the process simple.

  1. Open a Gmail message.

  2. Click or tap the three horizontal dots next to the arrow To answer in the top right corner of the message.

  3. Choose from this menu Show original to open the entire message as a text document. It will open in a new window.

From here you can use one of two methods to receive email in EML file format; The first is the easiest.

Method 1: Save the file in EML format

  1. Save the message with the extension .eml by right-clicking Download Original

  2. Select Save link as…

  3. Select All files on the menu Save as type instead of Text document

  4. To add .eml to the end of the file.

  5. Keep it somewhere memorable so you can find it later.

Method 2: Convert the file to EML type

  1. Highlight and copy all the text in the Gmail message. If you are using Windows, click Ctrl+A to select all text, and ctrl+c to copy it. If you use macOS use Command+A to highlight text, and Command+C to copy it.

  2. Paste all the text into a text editor such as Notepad++ or Brackets.

  3. Save the file with the extension .eml as above.

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