Backup/export/save webmail as service stopping?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by MrMister111, Aug 10, 2013.

  1. MrMister111 macrumors 68000

    Jan 28, 2009
    I've used Talk21 for my email for years and years. It went to Yahoo, then BT and I've just had an email saying that its going to stop and I have 3 options. Buy BT broadband, pay £1.60/month or leave.

    I have Virgin BB, don't want to pay a monthly fee, and although not too happy with it, I'll have to let it go and use my Gmail email.

    So how can I backup my Talk21 email? It was my prime email (I learnt not to use a ISP email in case you leave...).

    I have numerous emails and folders etc that I want to keep. I've always just used it as webmail and on my iPhone nits also on my iMac mail app.

    Is there any easy way to backup/export/save all my email? I suppose I could forward all the email to my Gmail one, but this would take ages with the number I have. I also don't have that long to do it, finishes around start of Sep.

    Any help on someone who has done similar, or anything I can do.

  2. Weaselboy macrumors Core


    Jan 23, 2005
    How many messages are we talking about?

    You can just go to and enable IMAP then add the GMail account to Mail and make some folder in Mail/Gmail then drag them form the current folder to a GMail folder. You might want to do a hundred or so at a time so Mail does not choke.
  3. MrMister111 thread starter macrumors 68000

    Jan 28, 2009
    Wow cool, I think I understand what you mean. It's numerous emails, like 300+ and organised in folders.

    So I open Mail app on my iMac
    Enable imap on
    Add the gmail account into mail
    Drag the emails in the mail app from Talk21 to Gmail, this will auto upload them to gmail, if for example I look in Safari on my iPhone at I'll see the emails there?

  4. Weaselboy macrumors Core


    Jan 23, 2005
    You've got it. :)

    You can do 300 like that no problem.
  5. MrMister111 thread starter macrumors 68000

    Jan 28, 2009
    Wow thanks, it sounds (to) easy, thought I'd have a nightmare to do this. I've used Talk21 for years, about a year ago, I started using this email address as my primary, and not relying on my ISP for when I leave.....typical.

    Is Gmail the best option for a free webmail based email now then? As I say, to me, it's pointless using an ISP one in case in future you leave that ISP, you lose the email address associated with it. I do have an Apple iCloud one...?
  6. Weaselboy macrumors Core


    Jan 23, 2005
    I have been using iCloud as my primary since it is integrated so nicely with OS X and iOS. I do have a GMail for shopping and that kind of thing and just gave it forwarded to the iCloud address.

    Nothing wrong with GMail as your primary if you like it.
  7. satcomer macrumors 603


    Feb 19, 2008
    The Finger Lakes Region
    As a side note use iCloud and Gmail. Then you can use one for personal email and another for shopping etc. This way you can cut down on spam to your personal email.

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