Lion Mail: how to always download mail as unread

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by Rostam24, May 15, 2012.

  1. Rostam24 macrumors newbie

    May 15, 2012
    Hi guys, I hope someone can help me with something inconvenient.

    Recently I've upgraded from Leopard to Lion, and now Mail is behaving differently (and I don't like change :p):
    Previously, it would download all e-mail as unread, until I would actually read it in Mail. This would happen regardless of whether or not I had already read the e-mail on my phone, for instance.

    Now, it closely matches the online record on Gmail: if I read an e-mail on my phone, it downloads the mail as 'read' to Mail. In fact, it works the other way as well: when I tag a 'read' e-mail in Mail as 'unread' (as a reminder to still do something), it also changes the online record in Gmail, meaning that my phone thinks I've got new mail. Quite annoying, actually. How do I separate the two?

    Thanks, hope someone can help out :)
  2. miles01110 macrumors Core


    Jul 24, 2006
    The Ivory Tower (I'm not coming down)
    Sounds like your account is currently set up as IMAP. You'd need to change it to POP to get the behavior you want.
  3. Rostam24 thread starter macrumors newbie

    May 15, 2012
    Oh, how silly of me. Thanks for helping out a newb! :)

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