Mac Mail syncing

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by funkdoobi, May 9, 2012.

  1. funkdoobi macrumors newbie

    Jan 22, 2006
    I'd like make it so my mac mail is synced seamlessly across my 4 machines. So all get/sent mail are identical on each machine, instead of having to remote into each computer to find out which machine an email was sent and/or received at.

    I've done some research and found that a possible solution is to go from pop3 to imap, but I don't quite understand the entire logistics of it.

    I'm pretty sure that wouldn't sync the email that's already been downloaded from the mail server and is existing on the various machines.

    Is there a possible method, or a program that I could look into purchasing and installing on the machines that will sync it so my Mail programs are identical?

    Thanks in advance!
  2. monokakata macrumors 68000


    May 8, 2008
    Hilo, Hawai'i
    I use IMAP, but from time to time I clean off the IMAP server by downloading what's on it to one of my Macs (to mailboxes "On My Mac").

    Then I use Chronosync to synch Library/Mail between my various Macs.

    Because I only clean off the IMAP server once or twice a year, the overhead of doing the library synch is small and I don't mind it at all.

    I expect there are different ways, but this works for me. Chronosync is a useful application in other ways, also.
  3. robgendreau macrumors 68040

    Jul 13, 2008
    You should change to IMAP; that's what it's for.

    Your POP mail is either stored on your computers, phones, etc or in the cloud somewhere or both. It's easiest to just start a new IMAP account and leave the POP mail where it is. But some mail providers might move it, I dunno. Gmail provides a Mail Fetcher service that will move mail from other POP accounts but I think it only works with mail on the server side.

  4. TinHead88 macrumors regular


    Oct 30, 2008
    I recently did this with several accounts. I now have them forward the mail to my iCloud mail (IMAP) and this has simplified everything. If you don't have a huge history of emails (especially large attachments which you should remove before doing this) you can just drop the emails into appropriate folders (including sent mail) in your iCloud mail and then this becomes your central repository of all mail accessible from any device anywhere.

    I had some corrupted emails (from a PC user) that needed to be deleted, but otherwise it was a smooth changeover.

    If iCloud gets too full you can either archive some older mail or get more space.

    Note: you can have 3 aliases that will act like separate accounts and your sent emails will have to be done through these accounts instead of the originals.
  5. EconTech macrumors newbie

    Apr 17, 2012
    As Monokakata mentioned, you can use ChronoSync to keep your Mail in sync using the guide below:

    You can download the ChronoSync installer and request a demo license key (fully unlocking the app for a month) from the link below:

    If you have any trouble with this you can contact Econ Technologies' tech support directly at the link below:

    This works great if you're looking to sync your Apple Mail (or any other mail app) library between two Macs, but as Robgendreau suggested, IMAP is your best bet for truly keeping everything synced between your devices from this point forward.
  6. BrianBaughn macrumors 603


    Feb 13, 2011
    Baltimore, Maryland
    Yes, get all of the computers on the same IMAP account. Before you start, however, make a backup of your existing mail folders. With Gmail IMAP, for instance, you could load the old, backed-up mail into the new IMAP setup. Takes a while, but the mail actually uploads back to the Gmail server and will show up on all computers.

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