Gmail on Macbook Pro

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  1. jdthunder macrumors newbie

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    I added my Gmail account to Apple Mail and after downloading all my mail, it is twice the size as it is
    on Google's website. What gives? Any help would be appreciated.
     
  2. starbright01 macrumors member

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    Lol I don't understand why you guys even use the default Mail. Search gmail in the App Store and download the app, that way your email isn't literally downloading everything, mines basically just a pop up of the online version.
    Just easier access and notifications.
    Easier to mark things as spam
     
  3. jdthunder thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I use Apple's Mail app to have a downloaded hard copy of all my email.
    But again, the issue is that for some reason the mail folder is more than twice the size what Google is telling me from their site.
     
  4. Weaselboy Moderator

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    What OS X version are you on?

    Prior to Mavericks Apple Mail would download the Gmail folders as well as the "All Mail" folder resulting in using twice the storage. If you are OS X before Mavericks you want to login to gmail.com and in the IMAP settings tell it not to sync the All Mail folder. If you are on Mavericks or later, leave it checked and just wait a few ours for the mail to be indexed.
     
  5. joe-d macrumors newbie

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    Hm... I'm gonna take the opportunity here to ask something else instead of answering the original poster. I hope this does not cause any trouble. So... prior to Mavericks I remember that Apple Mail worked pretty much as just a mirror that would synch perfectly with my Gmail. Whatever I did on Mail (check, read, delete messages) would pretty much happen on Gmail and the best thing was that I didn't have to download a single message in my Mac (although I couldn't view them if I weren't online). Then people started saying that on Mavericks the only option was to have Mail downloading everything to your computer. I hated that so I never bothered using Mail again. So, is this still the case? Can I use Mail as I used it prior to Mavericks?
     
  6. Weaselboy Moderator

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    Other than the difference with how the All Mail folder I described, Apple Mail still mirrors what you have on Gmail.com, ut you can control that somewhat. If you go to Gmail.com and in the IMAP settings you can control how many messages get synced to the Mail app. You can see the setting at the bottom of my screenshot here.

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