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

    Aug 2, 2008

    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


    Jul 24, 2006
    The Ivory Tower (I'm not coming down)
    Nope. That's not how IMAP works. Messages in your Inbox on your GMail account will be synced.
  3. Weaselboy Moderator


    Staff Member

    Jan 23, 2005
    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.

  4. Persifleur macrumors member

    Jun 1, 2005
    London, UK
    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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