Moving Apple Mail to a different Mac

tryout50

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Oct 16, 2018
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Hi!

I am just trying to move my complete Apple Mail (including Accounts and all Mail folders) to a different machine. The old one is running on El Capitan 10.11.6, the new one on Sierra 10.12.6.

I don't want to use Migration, as i only want to move all Mail stuff to the other machine. Till now i copied the Mail folder (User>Library>Mail) plus "com.apple.mail.plist" from User>Library>Preferences to the same location in the new Mac.

Due to everything that i found on Google, that should work, but unfortunately it does not. When i open Mail, it wants me to set up an account ... :-(

I would be very grateful, if anyone knows the solution.

Many thanks!!!
 

0970373

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Hi!

I am just trying to move my complete Apple Mail (including Accounts and all Mail folders) to a different machine. The old one is running on El Capitan 10.11.6, the new one on Sierra 10.12.6.

I don't want to use Migration, as i only want to move all Mail stuff to the other machine. Till now i copied the Mail folder (User>Library>Mail) plus "com.apple.mail.plist" from User>Library>Preferences to the same location in the new Mac.

Due to everything that i found on Google, that should work, but unfortunately it does not. When i open Mail, it wants me to set up an account ... :-(

I would be very grateful, if anyone knows the solution.

Many thanks!!!
Who is your email provider? If it's IMAP based, you just log into the new machine and it'll download everything. The folder hierarchy should stay in tact.
 

tryout50

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Oct 16, 2018
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Salzburg
Who is your email provider? If it's IMAP based, you just log into the new machine and it'll download everything. The folder hierarchy should stay in tact.
Its POP. When i open Mail (although all folders and files were copied to the respective places) it opens like new, and asks me to set up the accounts ...
 

Fishrrman

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Feb 20, 2009
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One way to do it might be to set up a "new" account (with your existing email address) on the new Mac, and then "import" all your older email messages into the new account.

Yes, it's slow and tedious, but it might work if other things don't...
 

tryout50

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Oct 16, 2018
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Salzburg
Thanks Fishrrman!
I did exactly the same thing a few hours ago ... Setting up my 3 Mail accounts new, and imported the whole Mail folder. Everything here now :)
 

KindoMalay

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Nov 17, 2018
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New Zealand
Thanks Fishrrman!
I did exactly the same thing a few hours ago ... Setting up my 3 Mail accounts new, and imported the whole Mail folder. Everything here now :)
We're trying to do this also. The mail is moving across, but it doesn't seem to be creating the subfolders we had on the old machine...
 

tryout50

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Oct 16, 2018
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Salzburg
I created them new on the new machine ....
Changing machines is always a bit of a headache, till everything is set up as one was used to :-(
 

Fishrrman

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Kindo wrote in #6 above:
"We're trying to do this also. The mail is moving across, but it doesn't seem to be creating the subfolders we had on the old machine..."

Seems to me that when I've done it this way, I ended up with a new folder named:
"Imported from ....."

The previous subfolders ended up INSIDE this single, new folder.

I then had to take the time to get things "moved around and sorted out" manually.

Yes... it's work... but it "got the job done".