How to reclassify multiple emails as "Not Junk" in macOS Mail?

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  1. rdav, Dec 6, 2016
    Last edited: Dec 7, 2016

    rdav macrumors 6502


    Mar 16, 2007
    Anyone know how to reclassify multiple emails as "Not Junk" in macOS Mail?

    They're sitting in the Mail InBox, labeled as Junk. It's simple to remove the Junk designation for an individual message, via the supplied button.

    BUT there seems to be no way (that I can find) to do the same for multiples! If a larger selection of emails are highlighted, then there's no working "Not Junk" option - Which makes the process very difficult & practically impossible.

    There's some Apple Support page discussion, but no working solution. Eg. [7629951].
  2. hobowankenobi macrumors 6502a

    Aug 27, 2015
    on the land line mr. smith.
    Nope, don't see anything.

    I have wondered this too.
  3. chscag macrumors 68030


    Feb 17, 2008
    Fort Worth, Texas
    What I do is go direct to my ISP web log on and do it from there. Everything formerly marked as junk then get's re-directed to my In Box as mail not junk. Not as convenient as doing it from the Mail app but it works.
  4. chown33 macrumors 604

    Aug 9, 2009
    Sailing beyond the sunset
    It may be possible to write an AppleScript to do this.

    First, someone should check the Scripting Dictionary of Mail, on the same OS the original poster is using. I don't have that here, so I can't check it myself.

    To do this, use Script Editor (or AppleScript Editor) to open the Scripting Dictionary of

    Next, look under the Message category. It should be in the list with Standard Suite.

    In the Message category there should be a message class. Select that.

    It should then display a list of message properties. Look for one that says "junk mail status", or something similar.

    (I'm using terms from an older OS and Mail, so some of the above may not be exactly as I've shown it.)

    If everything is as I've described, "junk mail status" won't be a r/o property (read-only). That means it will be a read/write property. Which means you should be able to change it with scripting.

    My rough guess as to the AppleScript syntax is along the lines of:

    tell app "Mail"
      tell every message whose junk mail status is true to set junk mail status to false.
    end tell
    This is a rough example. I haven't tested it. I haven't even checked whether it's valid syntax.

    The message-thread linked in the OP has some replies that question whether Mail learns to not classify subsequent emails as junk. There is no clear concensus.

    If the OP wants to ensure all subsequent emails from certain senders are not classified as Junk, then the OP will probably need to create some rules that match the emails or sender in question, and then write an action that sets the message's junk mail status to false.
  5. Zazoh macrumors 6502a


    Jan 4, 2009
    San Antonio, Texas
    When you mark an email as not junk, the Mail App is supposed to store that to a rule so the next time it knows it isn't junk. Apple probably never envisioned that there would be many "Not Junk" emails in ones inbox, as most emails in ones inbox are JUNK.
  6. rdav, Dec 9, 2016
    Last edited: Dec 9, 2016

    rdav thread starter macrumors 6502


    Mar 16, 2007
    Thx - That was one of the suggested solutions. However, it does not really work.

    For example, with Yahoo Mail. There is no Junk folder, but there is one called Spam. It is not possible to search within "Spam", so stuff is hard to find. And the emails are moved to Trash after one month, then deleted. Meaning that all those falsely-categorized messages remain in Apple/Mail, but not Online. Sure, the entire Spam contents could be redirected to the InBox, but this includes a whole lot of genuine junk, and would need to be done frequently. So, not a great option - and it does not address the problem of large numbers of older messages.

    This does not seem to work, especially with any messages already received.

    Also, the options for set Rules within Apple/Mail do not include setting the specified messages as "Not Junk" - thou there is one to run an AppleScript (as suggested by chown33). Thou I've not been able to find any references.

    One of my frustrations is that the option to reclassify multiple messages WAS easy and available in Mail. Simply select a bunch of messages, and click "Not Junk" on the top one. (I recall doing this before). But now this very useful facility has been removed by Apple for some reason.

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