How to copy Mail messages to iPad from iMac

Discussion in 'iPad Tips, Help and Troubleshooting' started by old john, Jan 14, 2013.

  1. old john macrumors member

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    I'm new to iPads (but a long-term user of Macs) and have always received my mail via POP servers. I was disappointed to find that checking the 'Sync Email Accounts' box only scyns the account settings, not the messages!

    I understand the best way to have synced messages on the iPad and iMac is to move to using an IMAP server, such as gmail.

    However, I'd like to copy the many email messages stored on my iMac (Inbox, Drafts & Sent) from Mail on the iMac to Mail on the iPad.

    Is there any way to do that?
     
  2. Ashwood11 macrumors 65816

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  3. Ratatapa macrumors 6502a

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  4. old john thread starter macrumors member

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    Thanks for your suggestion. However, if you mean forwarding thousands of messages, it's not very practical and I should lose the original From: information -- all inbox emails would be from me!

    Rather than Forward, Redirect might help get over some of the latter problem, but I was hoping for a more tidy and efficient solution to move whole mailboxes, with the results indistinguishable from how they would have been if received originally on the iPad.

    Anyone know of such a solution?

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    Thanks Ratatapa, but as you can see in my original post (2nd paragraph) I am already aware of that for new emails.

    What I'm after is a way to transfer past emails, inbound and outbound ones, to the iPad.

    I've moved emails between Macs since I first had email and have even used a third party app to convert my wife's Eudora mailboxes successfully to Apple Mail ones.

    So I'm hoping someone may have come across an app that would transfer the mailboxes across to the iPad.
     
  5. BrianBaughn macrumors 601

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    You might be able to get them out of your iPhone backup file with "iPhone Backup Extractor" or something similar.
     
  6. old john thread starter macrumors member

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    Unfortunately, I don't have an iPhone and so no iPhone backup file. My iMac is backed up, but presumably the name "iPhone Backup Extractor" doesn't sound too hopeful for me doing anything with that. I'll take a quick look to see what's said about it; who knows it may lead to a different solution. Thanks anyway.
     
  7. Carlanga macrumors 604

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    Set up the same email account using exchange on your phone & leave POP settings in your PC untouched. I'm basing that you are using hotmail.
     
  8. BrianBaughn macrumors 601

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    I've been reading your question backwards.

    Usually, you can copy messages from one folder to another in Mac Mail regardless of what account they're in. So, once you have an IMAP account set up, you could copy the POP messages to those folders.
     
  9. Riccard macrumors newbie

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    do you have a solution ?

    Hi Old John,
    were you able to find a proper solution??
    I'm facing the exact same problem.
     
  10. Riccard macrumors newbie

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    mail folders from mac to iPad

    Over the years I have moved mail folders from one mac to another just by copying the 'Mail' file stored
    in /Users/yourusername/Library and a file called
    'com.apple.mail.plist'
    inside the folder named 'Preferences'.

    But, still not sure how to go about this going from
    the macbook to my new ipad air.

    Like you, I'm looking for a clean solution, none of that forwarding and
    redirecting thousands of emails...
     
  11. graley macrumors regular

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    Mail transfer to multiple devices

    Try setting up icloud in both devices in system prefs. Set mail to work in cloud, as long as both devices have same Apple ID.
     

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