I have an IMAP Gmail account which I have logged in through Apple Mail email client on my Mac book pro. I have sorted out some important emails and made a separate folder for those emails. Is it possible to backup only that email folder and not all the emails along with them? Thanks for your help.

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Being it a unique request I had to search a lot for the solution of this query and I landed up on this blog: http://applemailbackupapp.blogspot.com/2016/08/apple-mail-backup-application.html

I hope this must be helpful. Thanks

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    – fsb
    Oct 17, 2016 at 19:10
  • Thanks for the solution George. I found Mail Backup X, got the trial version of this application. This is the only thing that I needed. Apart from backing up tool has got a mail viewer and I am also able to select the emails i want to backup. Thanks once again.
    – J.Houser
    Oct 19, 2016 at 0:47

In mail.app, you can select a folder and from the main menu choose ‘Mailbox > Export Mailbox’, select a location for the export file and click ‘choose’. Mail exports the mailbox as an .mbox package.

See also this page: https://support.apple.com/kb/PH19174?locale=en_US

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