How to export emails using the Import-Export app

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Import and export app

The Import-Export app is available to everyone with a paid Proton Mail(new window) plan and helps you export (i.e., download) decrypted emails from your Proton Mail account to your device.

You can then view the messages or import them into another email account or email client. This article explains how to use this app.

1. Download the Import-Export app.

Download the Import-Export app for Windows
Download the Import-Export app for Mac
Download the Import-Export app for Linux (DEB)(new window)
Download the Import-Export app for Linux (RPM)
Download the Import-Export app for Linux (PKGBUILD)

2. Log in to the Import-Export app using your Proton Mail username and password.

3. There are two export options:

The first option is Export All. This option allows you to export emails from all your email addresses.

The second option is Export. This option allows you to export emails from individual email addresses. You can use the Export option by clicking on your username and choosing the Export button next to the email address you wish to export. Clicking one of these two options will bring you to the next step.

4) The next window asks you to Select what you’d like to export.

There you can select which Folders, Custom Folders, and Labels you want to export.

You can select a specific time frame for the emails you wish to export by deselecting the default All dates and choosing a start and end date.

You can also choose whether to export messages as MBOX or EML files.

Learn more about the difference between MBOX and EML files(new window)

If you have emails in your mailbox that cannot be decrypted, they will not be exported unless you check the box next to Export emails that cannot be decrypted as ciphertext. Most users will not need to check this box.

Finally, select the location where you would like to download the folder containing the exported messages to. Change the destination by clicking Browse.

5) Click Export.

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