setting up gmail on new imac?

Discussion in 'macOS' started by pmcdn, Dec 15, 2011.

  1. pmcdn macrumors regular

    Nov 13, 2008
    Is there a way to setup my existing email acts on my imac where it won't try to download 257,000 messages stored on the server?

    In Gmail settings, I have:

    IMAP enabled
    auto-expunge OFF
    Archive message ON

    I connected my Time Machine drive to the new imac and did the migration, but it didn't set up my email.

    Is there a way I can setup my mail so it won't try to DL a jillion messages?

  2. Elbert C macrumors 6502

    Mar 23, 2008
    AK, USA
    You may need to "Enable POP for mail that arrives from now on" in gmail settings.
  3. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    Due to the way IMAP syncs between your computer and the mail server, I don't know of any way to avoid the initial download.

    How-to: Proper Gmail IMAP for iPhone & Apple Mail
  4. waynep macrumors 6502

    Dec 31, 2009
    You can configure gmail to not make some "labels" visible via IMAP. That could limit the amount of email that gets sync'd maybe.
  5. Weaselboy Moderator


    Staff Member

    Jan 23, 2005
    Yes this helps a lot. Go to the GMail web page and in the IMAP settings tell it not to display the "All Mail" folder in IMAP. That will cut the initial DL in half since All Mail is a duplicate of all messages in other folders.

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