Mail app so slow in sync with GMAIL using IMAP ?

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  1. trucmuche2005 macrumors newbie

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    Hello !

    I use Mail 5.2 and Lion 10.7.3 to sync my GMail account with Mail, using IMAP.
    Everything works fine, but the download rate is surprisingly slow : from 30Kb/sec to 150Kb/sec, although I never download under 800Kb/sec...

    Is there a problem somewhere ?

    Thank you very much for your advices !

    Best regards,

    Trucmuche
     
  2. squeakr macrumors 68000

    squeakr

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    How many folders and how much data are you syncing? If you have it set to sync everything it takes longer to negotiate the delta changes and decide which folders and data need updating.
     
  3. trucmuche2005 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I have 2131 Mb on my Gmail account. I did not create additional folders than default one...

    But even for the first synchronization, Mail downloaded my messages with a very slooooooow transfer rate (between 30Kb/sec and 160Kb/sec) instead of my usual 1Mb/sec for downloads...
     
  4. miles01110 macrumors Core

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    Perfectly normal for downloading lots of small files (like e-mails).
     
  5. trucmuche2005 thread starter macrumors newbie

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  6. dianeoforegon macrumors 6502a

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    If you uncheck All Mail to sync in Gmail Settings > Labels, this might speed up the download.

    GMAIL'S RECOMMENDED IMAP CLIENT SETTINGS

    Sending:

    Do NOT save sent messages on the server. If your client is sending mail
    through Gmail's SMTP2 server, your sent messages will be automatically
    copied to the [Gmail]/Sent Mail folder.

    DO save draft messages on the server. If you want your drafts in your mail
    client to sync correctly with Gmail's web interface, set your client to save
    drafts to the [Gmail]/Drafts folder.

    Deleting:

    Do NOT save deleted messages on the server. Messages that are deleted from
    an IMAP folder (except for those in [Gmail]/Spam or [Gmail]/Trash) only have
    that label removed and still exist in All Mail. Hence, your client doesn't
    need to store an extra copy of a deleted message.

    Do NOT save deleted messages to your [Gmail]/Trash folder because this will
    delete a message in all folders.

    Do NOT save deleted messages to your [Gmail]/All Mail folder as some clients
    will try to empty this folder and ultimately fail. This can lead to delayed
    mail access or excessive battery consumption on a mobile device.

    Junk mail and spam:

    Do NOT enable your client's junk mail filters. Gmail's spam filters also
    work in your IMAP client, and we recommend turning off any additional
    anti-spam or junk mail filters within your client. Your client's filter will
    attempt to download and classify all of your existing messages, which may
    slow down your client until the process is complete.
     

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