Have Mail NOT download my IMAP messages?

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by cubsfan334, Jul 30, 2011.

  1. cubsfan334 macrumors newbie

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    Hi,

    I have my college email account (exchange) set up with the Mail app. This works perfectly.

    However, I also have a gmail. I'd like to use IMAP, but not have Mail download all the messages in my gmail (there are like 20,000). Basically, I don't care about working offline -- I'd like to use Mail to directly manipulate the servers on gmail.

    Is this possible?
     
  2. miles01110 macrumors Core

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    Nope. That's not how IMAP works. Messages in your Inbox on your GMail account will be synced.
     
  3. Weaselboy Moderator

    Weaselboy

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    Go to this screen in GMail settings and select how many messages you want to limit IMAP to in each folder. Also, in IMAP settings tell GMail not to display/sync the "All Mail" folder to IMAP, as that is a duplicate of your inbox and other folders and will double to DL and storage space used my OS X Mail app.

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  4. Persifleur macrumors member

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    In Mail Preferences, Accounts -> <select your GMail account> -> Advanced has an option for "Keep copies of messages for offline viewing:" which you should be able to set to "Don't keep copies of any messages".
     

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