Mail.app...POP to IMAP migration questions...

ckeck

macrumors 6502a
Original poster
Jul 29, 2005
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Texas
I have several POP accounts setup in Mail.app and I want to change over the protocol to IMAP...how should I do this?

I don't want to delete the accounts and lose all the mail...is there an option somewhere to switch the account from POP to IMAP?

Thanks for any/all help!
 

MisterMe

macrumors G4
Jul 17, 2002
10,650
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USA
Your email account may use POP, IMAP, or some other protocol. I am aware of no way to "convert" POP to IMAP. As POP mail is usually downloaded to your computer, you can't lose it unless you erase it from your computer or abandon your computer.
 

ckeck

macrumors 6502a
Original poster
Jul 29, 2005
710
60
Texas
When you go into Mail's preferences and look under accounts there will be an 'Account Type'. Here it will say POP or IMAP...

I need to know how to convert this without having to delete the account and recreate it therefore losing all my current emails

:confused:
 

prostuff1

macrumors 65816
Jul 29, 2005
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Don't step into the kawoosh...
I recntly did something similar to what you are trying to do. Te best way i found to do this is to just create an IMAP account (I went with AOL) and forward everything from the POP accounts to it.

This is kinda a round about way of doing things but it works. The good thing about doing it this way i i rally don't hae to memorize the new e-mail addresses as i just "defer" back to the POP ones and let the forwarding happen on its own.
 

ckeck

macrumors 6502a
Original poster
Jul 29, 2005
710
60
Texas
That's an option but I would rather not forward myself all my emails because they will all show as being from myself and it will take forever to reference anything...plus it might mess up my search capabilities on those emails...
 

sir42

macrumors 6502
Sep 16, 2003
418
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NY, NY
I'm looking to do the same thing. Have you had any luck yet?

I'm thinking of switching my pop .mac setup to an IMAP setup.

I'm thinking I'll just change the servers in the account setup. I'm hoping that will preserve all of the email that was previously downloaded with pop and start syncing everything seamlessly under IMAP.

Has anyone else tried this?

Daniel
 

sir42

macrumors 6502
Sep 16, 2003
418
6
NY, NY
Actually that may not work considering both the pop and imap incoming server for .mac is mail.mac.com.

Daniel
 

nightelf

macrumors 6502
Mar 25, 2003
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I switched my old college email from POP to IMAP.

1. I created a new account using IMAP.
2. Copied all the messages from the old POP Inbox to the IMAP Inbox. Mail copied the messages to my local folder and online account.
3. I deleted old emails from the webmail.
4. I disabled the old POP account.

It was fast because I had few emails in that account. I plan to do the same with my .Mac account but it has more than 5k emails! so it will take a while and a bit more organization with the Sent folder, etc.

I would like to find an easier way too.
 

siami

macrumors newbie
Jul 27, 2009
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No Sent Box

I've upgraded my account from PO to IMAP.

As above had to create a new IMAP account.

A new "inbox" folder got created, but no new "sent" box.

Now want to get rid of the old pop account.

But I have no new "sent" box to copy the old sent e-mails to!!!

Any ideas why I didn't get a new sent box when I set up the IMAP account?
 

swiftaw

macrumors 603
Jan 31, 2005
6,309
20
Omaha, NE, USA
I've upgraded my account from PO to IMAP.

As above had to create a new IMAP account.

A new "inbox" folder got created, but no new "sent" box.

Now want to get rid of the old pop account.

But I have no new "sent" box to copy the old sent e-mails to!!!

Any ideas why I didn't get a new sent box when I set up the IMAP account?
Because the sent box needs to be on the server.

When you created the IMAP account, did it add a folder with that account name at the bottom of the side-bar?

In that folder are all the boxes on the mail server.

One of them might be called sent.

If so, highlight that box and then choose Mailbox->Use this mailbox for->Sent
 

Leadsinger777

macrumors newbie
Jan 12, 2010
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So when you guys moved your email to the new IMAP account did you end up with 'duplicate' emails from what you had on the server downloading again?

Some items I have on my 'webmail' client I have deleted from my mac. Others I have in both places. Just wondering if I move them from POP to IMAP and then sync if I'm going to see duplicates of those ones.

Thanks!
R

1st time post.
 

mrstucci

macrumors newbie
Apr 18, 2011
9
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POP to IMAP migration question

Hi Leadsinger777-I read with interest your postings on going from POP to IMAP and wonder if you got yours all set up and if you encountered any issues. I know it was over a year ago but I am looking to do the same thing. Of course after all this time has passed you may not remember the details but thought I would ask anyway. Thanks! Judy
 

balz4

macrumors newbie
May 12, 2011
2
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I have several POP accounts setup in Mail.app and I want to change over the protocol to IMAP...how should I do this?

I don't want to delete the accounts and lose all the mail...is there an option somewhere to switch the account from POP to IMAP?

Thanks for any/all help!
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