Taking my account from POP to IMAP

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by jimsowden, Jul 7, 2008.

  1. jimsowden macrumors 68000


    Sep 6, 2003
    I'm using Apple Mail and currently have an account running POP that I'd like to switch to IMAP so anything I do is reflected on all the other computers I use. The problem is that because I've been using POP, the thousands of messages I have in my Inbox are only on my computer. Is there a way to keep them on my computer while deactivating the new POP checking and just using IMAP? Any clean solution to doing this?
  2. swiftaw macrumors 603


    Jan 31, 2005
    Omaha, NE, USA
    Well, firstly, does your mail provider even have IMAP access?

    To keep your mail. Create a new mailbox locally Mail-> Mailbox-> New Mailbox. Copy your mail to that mailbox. Then, switch to IMAP, then copy you mail back to the server.
  3. tdhurst macrumors 601


    Dec 27, 2003
    Phoenix, AZ
    yeah...I'm already in line.

    It's not just an option you can switch on, man. Be sure your provider actually provides it.
  4. Galley macrumors 65816


    Mar 24, 2008
    This is very important. I made this mistake when I switched to IMAP. :(
  5. TheReef macrumors 68000


    Sep 30, 2007
    NSW, Australia.
    Yes, very important. Also be sure to do this for all your sent messages as well. Also note that it may take a fair while to copy all of your messages back to your IMAP server, so open up the mail activity window and let your Mac go, check back on the progress but don't quit mail.
    Stopping and quitting mail during this will sometimes result in problems such as heaps of duplicated messages so just let it go. (unless it freezes half way though like mine did :() It might be worth copying your messages over in groups of 200 to be on the safe side.

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