For the impatient, the short story
- The Initial Settings screen allows you to configure the port GmailVault will run on, and, the email storage directory. The defaults should be fine for most cases.
- GmailVault will restart and the next screen asks you for your Gmail email-id and password. If all is well, simply press Backup.
The longer story: step-by-step, with pretty screenshots
GmailVault has been specifically designed to be very easy to use, even by non-techies. In that spirit, this section does a step-by-step walk-through, along with screenshots (click them to enlarge).
GmailVault is a web-application and includes a small, embedded web server. When you run GmailVault for the first time, it brings up your web-browser, which in turn opens a connection to the internal web server. At this point, you may be asked by your computer if you would like to allow GmailVault to accept incoming connections. Please say yes!
The Initial Settings screen is where you configure the port GmailVault listens on and the directory (folder) where the downloaded email will be stored. The defaults are fine for most cases and you can simply accept them.
GmailVault will restart automatically. If it doesn’t, simply start it once again manually.
GmailVault main screen
This is the main screen and work area for GmailVault. Feel free to explore.
Grab a coffee and relax
At this point, you may wish to grab a coffee (actually any beverage of choice) and relax, or go about your other work.
The initial download can take quite a while, depending upon how much email you have in your Gmail account. In case you need to shutdown half-way, no problems. GmailVault will pick up from where it left off.
Subsequent downloads are incremental in nature and will be much faster.
Now, feel good and secure about having a local backup, with complete offline access