How to Sync Mail Apps?

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  1. Lucky8 macrumors regular

    Lucky8

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    Apologize if this is kind a stupid...
    I have a PM G5 and have just recently bought an iBook. So I went to set up my Mail apps on my iBook identical with my PM using Gmail POP account.
    But now, when I receive an email on my iBook, I don't get that email in my PM anymore. Same if I receive an email on my PM, I don't get that email on my iBook.
    Under Mail preference, "Remove copy from server after receiving a message" is NOT checked off.
    How do I receive email on both computers?
    Is there a way to synchronize my Mail apps so that way I can check my email on either computer?
     
  2. Heb1228 macrumors 68020

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    This is resurrecting an old thread, but I'd be interested to know if anybody has any suggestions. I'm in a similar situation with the OP. I use gmail and Mail on my PB, but I'd like to be able to get mail on my iMac as well. I've heard people say its pretty much impossible without SMTP (google only offers pop access), but figured it was worth a shot to see of anybody knew of a workaround.
     
  3. pdpfilms macrumors 68020

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    I'm assuming you know that .Mac provides this service, along with address book, keychain, and safari bookmark syncing.
     
  4. Heb1228 macrumors 68020

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    Not exactly. .Mac syncs mailbox account setting and preferences, but not the actual mail messages. .Mac also offers SMTP access, which will allow you to accomplish the same result, but thats a different thing than I'm asking about. Gmail doesn't offer SMTP access so thats not an option.
     
  5. dcv macrumors G3

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    Does .Mac really synchronise all of your POP3 mail, or just your .Mac mail? The info on the site seems to skip over the mail part. I'm after the same solution as the OP... a way to save sent mail etc on both of my macs.
     
  6. newtonuk macrumors member

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    Could you not set .Mac to get your POP3 gMail?

    Then when you access your .Mac mail through Mail your gMail emails should be there.

    Obviously you would want to disable your gMail account in Mail.
     
  7. drlunanerd macrumors 65816

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    What you need is an IMAP email account. .Mac uses this, as does Fastmail for free (although you only get 10MB space). For big IMAP accounts you need to pay unfortunately.

    Gmail is POP access only (along with Web), so if you access mail on different computers using email clients it'll get out of sync really quickly.
     
  8. jsw Moderator emeritus

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    Regardless of what solution you use to view incoming mail, there is no current way to use Mail on multiple machines while keeping sent messages synchronized.

    POP mail can certainly be kept on the server for long enough that all Macs you use can download it before it is deleted. Accessing it via web browsers won't cause it to get out of sync.

    .Mac, as mentioned, will not synchronize any messages whatsoever, just account info.

    If you need sent messages (sent from Mail) to be in sync, you're SOL. Otherwise, you're in good shape.
     
  9. drlunanerd macrumors 65816

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    What are you talking about man?! Your advice is completely incorrect.

    .Mac uses IMAP by default. This does synchronise email by design - when accessing it using a web browser or Mail.app or whatever IMAP client you wish.

    ALL mailboxes - including sent mail.

    I do this all the time - it's crucial for my work.
     

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