Is Apple Mail web based?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by key-lime, Oct 16, 2011.

  1. key-lime macrumors newbie

    Oct 13, 2011
    My question as a newbie is Apple Mail's system web based or is it hard drive based like Outlook? I need to transfer email from Outlook to Apple mail but prefer it to not go onto my new Apple computer hard drive if I can avoid it. Not sure how and/or if this is possible.
  2. Matthew Yohe macrumors 68020

    Oct 12, 2006
    iCloud is stored on the web yes... but you'd have to either forward all mail to your iCloud account, or open both accounts on one machine's email client (, or Outlook) and drag one to the other. After thats done you can remove your email account on your machine and it will be removed from your hard drive.
  3. RayK macrumors 6502

    Oct 13, 2005
    If what you are asking is if the (the icon that looks like a stamp) is web based, then no it is not. You cannot get new mail unless connected to the web, but all the mail that is already downloaded is viewable.
  4. satcomer macrumors 603


    Feb 19, 2008
    The Finger Lakes Region
    Well iCloud uses IMAP. Learn what IMAP is.

    In simple terms that you can understand is it keeps email on the email server. So if you leave email in the iBox they stay on the server. If you drag the email to an email filer ON YOU MAC" then the email is saved to your Mac and is off the server. If you save to an Email box on the server then is stays of server.

    Do you understand now?

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