Why does iphone get all mails quickly but Mac mail sometimes doesn't?

dloreski

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Original poster
Feb 5, 2009
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My iPhone receives all my emails quickly.
My Mac mail ( Snow Leopard )usually does, but sometimes emails don't get there nearly as fast. Once in a while there's an hour or two delay even when I fetch manually.
Why is this?
Does Mountain Lion improve on this?
 

southerndoc

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May 15, 2006
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Check your settings in Mail. You probably have it set to check every hour (the general tab in preferences). I don't think emails are pushed to Macs as far as I know, but I may be wrong.
 

dloreski

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Original poster
Feb 5, 2009
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Check your settings in Mail. You probably have it set to check every hour (the general tab in preferences). I don't think emails are pushed to Macs as far as I know, but I may be wrong.
I have both my accounts set for every minute.
Sometimes even if I hit the "get mail" button it won't find them.
Strange.
 

robgendreau

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Jul 13, 2008
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Try checking the "idle" option in your account settings; used to work at least for gmail. You might also have to fiddle with the settings for which accounts Mail automatically checks.
 

wethackrey

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Feb 27, 2007
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Redondo Beach, California
My iPhone receives all my emails quickly.
My Mac mail ( Snow Leopard )usually does, but sometimes emails don't get there nearly as fast. Once in a while there's an hour or two delay even when I fetch manually.
Why is this?
Does Mountain Lion improve on this?
Tell us more about the mail account you're having a problem with. POP3 or IMAP? Public service (Gmail, Yahoo, etc) or private company server.
 

BGBUXA

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Jul 6, 2012
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I've noticed the same thing with my email also I use Hotmail and I get it almost immediately on my iPhone however running my Hotmail on my Mac I usually get the emails 5 to 10 minutes after my iPhone does