Gmail IMAP and Apple Mail Question

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  1. iridium130

    iridium130 OT Supporter

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    Do you guys have any idea how to set Apple Mail (or GMail, whatever side the setting is on) to not download emails for the past 3 years I've had gmail? I tried archiving all my emails and it still insisted on downloading EVERYTHING.

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  2. hurleyint1386

    hurleyint1386 Someone has sand in their vagina

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    It shouldn't take too long. I've had mine for about 4 years with over 7000 e-mails and it didn't take too long to do. Unless you've got a slow connection, just let it download at night and go to sleep if it's taking too long.
     
  3. urban ape

    urban ape take that take that take that

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    lol i dont save anything longer than a month or two
     
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    hurleyint1386 Someone has sand in their vagina

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    haha I save absolutely everything
     
  5. Euclid

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    I think it helps if you are diligent about archiving your email rather than letting it pile up in the inbox.
     
  6. mobbarley

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    if you are using POP check gmails settings:
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    if you are using IMAP there should be an download last x messages option in your client.
     
  7. JCrev

    JCrev Where is your god now? OT Supporter

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    It doesn't.

    Absolutely worthless response.

    In the title he mentions that he is using IMAP and inside of Apple Mail there is not option for this.

    As far as I can tell you can't set it up to not download archived messages. You can set up a rule to delete messages over a certain age, but the messages will be downloaded during the initial synchronization before they are deleted.
     
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    I'm sure that yours was much more helpful.
     
  9. verbal

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    What really pissed me off was Gmail's "All Mail" folder. Luckily I found a way to set it up so when I delete mail it's deleted and not kept in All Mail.
     
  10. critter783

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    If he's using IMAP, its a moot point. Just mark the folders you want access to on the Apple Mail side. Whenever you try to access a folder with IMAP, it retrieves the entire contents of that folder from the server. Nothing gets stored locally. If your emails are all piled in one big folder, just use POP.
     
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    In my experience, Mail doesn't fully sync a folder until you try to view it. So, for day-to-day usage it does save a lot of time to keep the inbox small by archiving read mail.

    It does take a while to re-sync the "All Mail" folder whenever I view it, but that is not very often.
     
  12. quid

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    it doesnt take any time at all in IMAP
     
  13. JCrev

    JCrev Where is your god now? OT Supporter

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    This isn't true about the way Apple Mail works.

    By default when you set up a new account in mail it downloads and keeps an offline copy of every email.

    In in the accounts section under "Keep copies of messages for offline viewing" you can set it to not download all copies of emails.

    So it looks like your choices are either download everything or only download messages when you want to view them.
     
  14. pirothezero

    pirothezero New Member

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    Ya Runki is somewhere near what you want. You could probably rig some ghetto way by using one of the options in the accounts section. May or may not be what you want though. I don't mind having all my folders on the left side but I can see where you might want to start a new account and only get the shit you haven't seen.
     
  15. iridium130

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    I'll probably just stick to using the web client for my ibook then :o I don't use it that frequently and I dont want to have to download a few thousand messages on it :hs: Thanks though :o
     

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