OS X Mail app loads every email to hard drive?

Discussion in 'macOS' started by Halamolo, May 12, 2010.

  1. Halamolo macrumors regular

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    I´ve never used the OS X mail app. I´ve always used my gmail account with Safari. But I thought I´d give it a try...

    First thing I noticed, it started downloading all the emails. :confused: Does it download everything to my hard drive, ´cause I seriously don´t want that! :eek:

    Can I just view the emails through the Mail app without downloading them to my hard drive?
     
  2. ian.maffett macrumors 6502

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    You can tell it to leave the messages on the server but it is still going to create a local copy on your hard drive.
     
  3. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    If you want to just view without downloading, use Gmail's web interface. If you want to be able to view them offline, let Mail download them.
     
  4. Halamolo thread starter macrumors regular

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    Okey, I will keep using the web interface then.

    How can I delete the emails it already downloaded to my hard drive without deleting the emails from the gmail server?
     
  5. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    Mail > Preferences > Accounts > your account > Mailbox Behaviors

    Check "Store deleted messages on the server"
    and select "Permanently erase deleted messages when: Never
     
  6. samh macrumors 6502

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    Orrrrr use IMAP instead of POP. IMAP will cache some messages on your local PC but POP will definitely want to download them all.
     
  7. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    IMAP will download them all, as well.
     

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