I reported in my last post (see here) why it is dangerous to rely fully on Gmail. I had promised to write how I managed to get all my e-mails in to Yahoo (as a back up).
1) I signed up for Yahoo.
2) I went to Trueswitch / Yahoo-UK and entered my new Yahoo e-mail and my old Gmail address
3) It took about 24 hours for all my e-mails to be transferred (you will see the result after 24 hours – you will not see any progress in the mean time). In these 24 hours Google suspended my Gmail account a few times so be warned it might be dangerous.
See the screen shots of all the necessary steps in my tabblo here
It is possible that Google / Gmail will temporarily suspend your service (it happened to me – see here) so please be aware of this. Google / Gmail does not want to see you take control of your e-mails.