Google has announced today that it is now allowing people to download a copy of their user data on Gmail and Google Calendar. They will have the luxury to download all of the data, or choose to download specific filters, calendars and labels. Users will also have the ability to download a single archive of their data across various Google products such as Google+, YouTube, Gmail, Google Calendar, Google Drive and more. This feature expands on the existing Takeout feature that already allows users to download a copy of their data from some Google services.
By offering this feature, Google makes it easier for users to backup their data or even move it to other services. Email and calendar data is downloaded in MBOX format, which can be imported in other similar services. Starting today, Google is allowing everyone to download their Calendar data right away. The company says that the ability to download Gmail messages will be gradually rolled out. The process is going to be completed over the next month, so hold on to your horses if you have been waiting to download a copy of all of your emails on Gmail.
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