How to Export Gmail Emails to MBOX File Stepwise? Quick Guide

Chirag Arora ~ Modified: June 25th, 2022 ~ Gmail ~ 3 Minutes Reading

Export Gmail Emails to MBOX

Query: I want to import Gmail account emails into Mozilla Thunderbird. As I know that Gmail export its data in MBOX format and Thunderbird supports MBOX file. But, I don’t know the exact procedure to export Gmail emails to MBOX file. So, how Can I transfer my Gmail emails to required format.

Recommended Solution: There are 2 solutions for exporting Gmail account emails to MBOX file format. First is SysTools Gmail Backup Tool and second is Google Takeaway or Takeout.

Let’s see the explanation of both methods one by one.

Solution 1: Software Working to Export Gmail Emails to MBOX File

Follow the below steps to transfer Gmail account data to MBOX format:

  • Step 1: First Download & Run Backup Tool
  • Step 2: Enter Credentials of your Gmail email account on the software screen


  • Step 3: Select the MBOX file format option

Export Gmail emails to MBOX file

Note: If you want to transfer only Gmail emails to MBOX, then select Email option only.

  • Step 4: Then select Email, Contacts, Calendar, and Document items to export from Gmail account

Select Mailbox Items

  • Step 5: Hit on Browse button to select the destination location


  • Step 6: Click on Apply Filter to transfer only selective Gmail data to the MBOX file

Apply Filter

  • Step 7: Under Select Folder, you can choose which Gmail folder you want to export to MBOX format
  • Step 8: Go to Email Filter section, and select the time-interval to export only selective Gmail emails to MBOX

Select Export Gmail Emails to MBOX

  • Step 9: Click on Start button to execute Gmail to MBOX conversion process


  • Step 10: Conversion process will start. The completion time depends on the size of Gmail data
  • Step 11: Successfully Exported Gmail Emails to MBOX file

Transfer Gmail emails to MBOX

  • Step 12: Location of Exported Gmail Data.

Exported Gmail Data to MBOX

Now, import the resultant MBOX file to Mozilla Thunderbird.

Solution 2: How to Transfer Gmail Data to MBOX Using Google Takeaway (Free)

This Google Takeaway or Takeout ( is a free solution to export Gmail emails to MBOX file. In this solution, you have to sign in your Gmail account from which you want to download Gmail emails to computer.

Final Words

As we have read 2 solutions to export Gmail to MBOX file format. The first solution is not free but it is the best solution for transferring Gmail emails to MBOX because it takes less time than Google Takeaway. Also, it provides a date filter option by which users can export selective data from their Gmail accounts.

Google Takeaway or Takeout takes much more time than the Recommended Solution. Also, it does not provide a date filter option and transfers only emails from the Gmail account to MBOX format. So, all things are clear now. As a user, I would like to go with Solution 1 for conversion. You can decide as per your requirement.