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Both IMAP and POP accounts in Mail

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Gil Dawson Level 1 Level 1 (75 points)
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Jan 23, 2013 11:15 AM

I wish to create an IMAP account in Mail alongside several existing POP accounts that I have been using for years.  Seems simple, except that I read that existing folders that are on my Mac may get overwritten or deleted when I add this new account. 

Did I understand this correctly?



MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.6.8)
  • Dansyacht Level 4 Level 4 (2,120 points)
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    Jan 23, 2013 11:29 AM (in response to Gil Dawson)

    I had no problems when I added my gmail IMAP account to Mail with my regular POP accounts.  Where did you hear there was a problem?

  • Jeffrey Jones2 Level 6 Level 6 (8,425 points)
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    Jan 23, 2013 11:34 AM (in response to Gil Dawson)

    Just follow the instructions at the link you provided. In particular, step 2.

  • christopher rigby1 Level 4 Level 4 (2,070 points)
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    Jan 23, 2013 11:57 AM (in response to Gil Dawson)

    The link you provided is for those who want to do the opposite of what you want. To add - e.g. Gmail - to Apple Mail...


    1. Go first to your Gmail account online, and click Settings (the gearwheel top right)
    2. Click the Forwarding and POP/IMAP tab
    3. Check the POP Download button
    4. Make a note of the Gmail server name


    Then in Mail...


    1. Set up a new email account via Preferences
    2. Enter all the details such as email address, servers, passwords, etc
    3. (Note that your INPUT server is the Gmail, but your OUTPUT server is your regular POP ISP server)


    After that, you should be good to go, and your IMAP Gmail account will be a POP account and can be retrieved via Mail. If you leave your Gmail on their servers also, then you can access it either way.

  • Jeffrey Jones2 Level 6 Level 6 (8,425 points)
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    Jan 23, 2013 2:59 PM (in response to Gil Dawson)

    You can name your mailboxes, and structure them, however you want. On My Mac mailboxes are not associated with any account. You can keep messages from the various accounts separate or not, as you prefer. Inbox is normally used for new incoming messages. Drafts contains messages being prepared for sending. There shouldn't be anything stored long-term in Drafts.


    The new account doesn't do anything to the old mailboxes. It's when you deactivate the old POP account that the mailboxes disappear.


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