Manage local storage with Mail

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  1. BiggAW macrumors 68020

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    I normally use GMail's web interface, but I am exploring using Apple Mail. The problem is, whenever I set my GMail account up in Mail, it starts downloading all 3GB or of stuff in my GMail, which is ridiculous. Is there a way to limit it to say 25MB or 50MB of local disk storage, and force it to only retrieve as-needed for the rest?
     
  2. BiggAW thread starter macrumors 68020

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    That doesn't really help, as it's basically saying use POP if you don't want everything downloaded locally. Just doing the Inbox doesn't help a lot, as that goes from 29,468 threads to 17,084 threads, which I still don't want saved locally. Split that out into messages, and even just the inbox is significantly more than 17k.

    I want everything accessible, but not saved locally. I wish there was an option for local caching to only use 50MB or something...

    This may just be unworkable for the same reason it's been unworkable in the past...
     
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  4. BiggAW thread starter macrumors 68020

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    IMAP. POP is kind of useless, as you only get new stuff coming in, and god knows how labels work (or don't).

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    I deleted the account from Mail until I figure out if there is a solution. There has got to be a better way than storing 3GB of mail locally...
     
  5. canuckle macrumors regular

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    In Gmail under settings, pop/imap there's a setting

    Limit IMAP folders to contain no more than this many messages ^dropdown

    Choices are 1000/2000/5000/10000

    Perhaps that helps? I had the same concern, works for me in my usage.
     
  6. BiggAW thread starter macrumors 68020

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    That's great! I'll give that a shot! Thanks!
     
  7. BiggAW thread starter macrumors 68020

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    Hmmm, mine is already set to 1000, and it was doing a ridiculous amount of downloading. Is that per label? I have like 50 labels, so it could easily pull 20k+ individual messages with 1000 per label. Maybe it's just not workable lol. I just wish it would work like iPhone mail, that actually works pretty well, even if is Nokia click-heavy.
     

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