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Leave GMail Unread on iMac

633 Views 6 Replies Latest reply: Jan 29, 2013 4:58 PM by Csound1 RSS
Shakirali Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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Dec 12, 2012 3:16 AM

Hi there,


Actually, already using iPhone, recently switched from PC to iMac and have a small issue with Mail that whenever I open any emails on my iPhone it marks the same email on iMac as "Read" and vice versa.


I need to keep emails on both devices as "UNREAD" until I open the email on that particular device. I do not want to automatically mark (sync) the email on iMac which I open on iPhone and vice versa.


I have two email accounts on GMail and both have similar issues. I have another domain email address which works fine.


Any help appreciated!



iMac, iOS 6.0.1
  • BGreg Level 6 Level 6 (17,500 points)
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    Dec 12, 2012 4:53 AM (in response to Shakirali)

    Gmail accounts can be set up as POP or IMAP. It sounds like your are set up as IMAP where the mail stays on the server and the first device to read the mail would mark that mail as read. As a POP account, the mail is downloaded to your particular device and read there.  You can read gmail's description on the differences here.


    You can change the POP/IMAP choice under settings and forwarding and POP/IMAP on your gmail account. 

  • BGreg Level 6 Level 6 (17,500 points)
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    Dec 12, 2012 5:14 AM (in response to Shakirali)

    From gmail help, have you followed these steps:


    1. Open your Apple Mail client
    2. Click Mail > Preferences...
    3. On the Accounts tab, click the + button to add a new account
    4. Fill in the window with the following information:
      • Full Name: [your name]
      • Email Address: your full email address [, or for Google Apps users]
      • Password: your Gmail password
    5. Important: Apple Mail will attempt to setup IMAP, click Continue to change the Account Type to POP and then use the following information to confirm your POP configuration.
  • Edwin Law Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
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    Jan 29, 2013 4:41 PM (in response to Shakirali)

    If you haven't yet received the answer to this, I am gald to be of help.  I had the same problem and found the solutuion on one of the forums.


    After you set up the "new" email there willll be a "Create" at the bottom   .. Hold the OPTION button and click <Create> .. you will get the "Continue" they are talking about and at the top in the block a choice to select POP.  Then in 'Incoming mail server' line change the imap to pop.the line that shows imap edit it to pop.


    Best of good wishes,



  • Csound1 Level 7 Level 7 (32,320 points)
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    Jan 29, 2013 4:58 PM (in response to Shakirali)

    Shakirali wrote:


    Hi there,


    Thanks again for your reply.


    Yes, I went through this already and the problem in this procedure is on point 5 where Apple Mail picks up the imap by itself and do not provide the option to change that.

    Press the option button on the keyboard before you click 'Create' (which will change to 'Continue' when your press the option button)


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