Thunderbird, IMAP and sent folder problems (PC)

Discussion in 'Apple Music, Apple Pay, iCloud, Apple Services' started by DarkUltra, Dec 1, 2008.

  1. DarkUltra macrumors newbie

    May 13, 2008
    When I send email with IMAP and Thunderbird, Thunderbird is set to put a copy of sent messages in "sent" folder on What happens is that a "vanilla" Sent folder appears in webmail mobileme and the sent mail is put there. It doesn't use the main Sent folder on Any way to change it? I tried deleting the "vanilla" sent folder but then Thunderbird say "The current command did not succeed. The mail server responded: Mailbox does not exist."
  2. DarkUltra thread starter macrumors newbie

    May 13, 2008

    Got a reply from Apple Support, turns out Thunderbird does not get proper Sent, Draft and Trash IMAP folders from Strange, they do have a FAQ that says how to set up Thunderbird as IMAP client.

    I understand that ThunderBird allows you to select where you want to store your messages, But the mobileMe sent folder will not be an option that is available. I apologize but this is part of MobileMe's configuration and can not be changed.

    Again I apologize for the inconvenience and we appreciate the suggestion. Please use the Feed back link sent in the previous email sent.

    Please, if you need this option too, use the feedback service and ask for it
  3. jonnymorrow macrumors newbie

    May 25, 2010
    I finally figured this out after hours of wrestling with it.

    As far as thunderbird (or any windows email client) is concerned, the mobile me sent folder is
    actually called "Sent Messages." You must subscribe to this folder as it is not visible by

    -Right click the mobile me account name in left column and click subscribe
    -Un subscribe to the folder called "sent" as it doesn't actually exist on mobile me.
    -Subscribe to "sent messages"

    -Now that thunderbird sees the "sent messages" folder, go to account settings - copies and
    folders. Under "place a copy in..." choose "Other" then choose the newly visible "sent messages

    Your sent messages folder now syncs properly with mobile me's sent folder.
  4. dhoerl macrumors newbie

    Oct 13, 2010
    Deleting the now unused Sent folder...

    Hope I didn't blow Eudora's mind, but I did the previous steps to get "Sent Messages" as my Sent box, but then had the old Sent mailbox show up as a plain folder.

    I deleted the Sent mailbox but nothing appeared to happend. Quit and restarted. I then tried to rename the folder, and again nothing appeared to happen.

    On the second quit/restart, it went away and "Sent Messages" is properly badged and at the top.

    This thread was a big help!

  5. jimjiminyjim macrumors 6502


    Feb 24, 2003
    Still helpful in May 2012


    This helped me immensely with Thunderbird 11 on Ubuntu and iCloud.
    All set up now, with the added bonus of being able to send from my own personal domain email address and keep a copy of sent emails in iCloud.

  6. pat100 macrumors newbie

    Jul 26, 2014
    Brilliant - it's 2016 and still this fixes the iCloud Sent Messages not showing up in the unified Sent folder.
    I wasted a lot of time on this then the above answer fixed it in 30 seconds!

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