This plug-in backups email messages from web services over the IMAP protocol. The email plugin also allows you to automatically restore, duplicate or move email content.
Many Web mail servers require an additional permission for using a local client (which Handy Backup is in this context). To give this permission, you can open your email account in a browser and click a button or mark a checkbox in account settings to give this permission.
To use the plug-in (on an example of Gmail backup here) please follow the instruction below:
For IMAP connections, the typical server name is
Here the (yourservername) is a substitution for your webmail server address, without parenthesis or any prefixes over the "imap".
Note: The server can require either a short username (only a name before "@") or a full name with a server name after "@". For details about server name, please refer to a setup manual for particular server settings.
Attention! You can create a password for Handy Backup through your Web mail settings. Usually, this function is among the "Security" options. Please keep the password strongly, as you cannot recover it by no mean if you lose it!
The Email plug-in also allows automatic restoration. To do it, create a restoration task on the Step 1 of the new task wizard. Then select a backup vault on the Step 2 and find the file backup.hbi, which contains all the data about restoring email messages.
Sometimes, you may have a need to restore some or all of your messages to a different mailbox, or even to a different webmail server than an original copy backup. For these cases, click on the "Change restore location..." button in the restoration dialog when creating a new task, and select a new destination.
After selecting this option, you will see a data locations window. Select the "Email" plug-in, and then choose a new server to restore your data. We are strongly recommending saving the information moved to another server in a new folder – click the "Create folder" to do it!
The Email plug-in uses the IMAP protocol for data connection. Almost all modern webmail services, including Gmail, Yahoo! and Outlook mail, support IMAP. This protocol allows both backup and restoration of email bases.
Handy Backup stores email copies in the dedicated EML file format, supported by many email local clients. Therefore, you can read, modify, sort or change the backups, assuming these backups are uncompressed and/or unencrypted. You can even restore EML just by moving it with a file manager!