What do you do when, due to any reason, your Internet connection breaks down while you are in the midst of a really animated Gmail chat session with your girlfriend? As it is not possible to retrieve the messages you received from your girlfriend while you went offline, it may be really frustrating for you. However, Google seems to have finally understood your problem. The Google Data Liberation team has announced that Google has worked on a way that adds support for downloading your recorded chat logs from Internet Message Access Protocol (IMAP). Now, you can view all your entries in your Gmail chats label as they will be now delivered to your Gmail inbox when configured to use IMAP. Gmail will turn your instant messaging conversations into threads of e-mails which are easily available for download via IMAP.
And now, after hearing this convenient news don’t you want to know how it can be done? The steps mentioned underneath will indeed liberate you from all your worries so that you can chat or message without any anxiety whatsoever:
Step 1: You have to first enable your IMAP access for your Gmail account. Here are steps for doing so:
a) Sign in to Gmail and click on the Gear icon in the upper-right corner of the screen and select Gmail settings.
b) Click on Forwarding and then POP/IMAP.
c) Select Enable IMAP and then configure your client and click Save changes.
Step 2: After IMAP has been enabled, again click on the Gear icon and select Mail settings from the menu that pops up.
Step 3: Now go to the Labels tab and make sure that Show in IMAP is checked for Chats Under System Labels.
Step 4: The last step is almost complete when you set-up Gmail via IMAP in your preferred e-mail program. Now press Forward and look for chat logs in the Chat folder and see what you missed to reply last time.
After following these steps, you can chat freely without any anxiety, because you know that even if your connection gets lost you know the way to get your messages back. Now, won’t you thank the Google Liberation team for liberating your chat logs so easily?