How do I backup my email in Outlook on Windows?

Back up your email

If you want to back up the message folders locally (in addition to keeping them on the server), you export the items to a .pst file that you can restore later as needed and use by importing.

  1. Select File > Open & Export > Import/Export.
  2. Open and Export Menu
  3. Select Export to a file, and then select Next.
  4. Export to a file
  5. Select Outlook Data File (.pst), and select Next.
  6. Select Outlook Data File
  7. Select the mail folder you want to back up and select Next.
  8. Select mail folder
  9. Choose a location and name for your backup file, and then select Finish.
  10. Choose location and name