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what's up with Mac Mail settings not porting and being so laborious?

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Jul 10, 2013 5:37 PM

i am wondering why at such a late date (Mountain Lion and iOS6) i am entering NINE (9!) entries for my email accounts on my iPhone and having to enter my email address for the new account THREE (3!) times - and then having to do this again for EIGHT (8) entries on both my laptop and my desktop.


i have had to do this again due to porting my website to a new host and - well - at a minimum it would be nice to get iOS 6 to only require me to enter my address ONE time (this means that for my ten email accounts on the iPhone i would cut down my entries from 90 to 70 which would be great).


then if there is some way to /port/ my email setting from my laptop to my desktop (assuming i am running the same OS on both) this would mean i would only have to enter an additional 80 entries instead of the 160 i have to do now.


am i missing some EXPORT utility in Mac Mail in Mountain Lion or - well - or is this software somehow not interested in making my life easier in 2013?



MacBook Pro, OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.1)
  • Barney-15E Level 7 Level 7 (33,350 points)

    Mine sync through iTunes with iOS.


    I'm not sure how to move them from one Mac to the other besides Migration or copying the Mail folder.


    I found this googling about: Transfer Your Apple Mail to a New Mac - Macs -

  • Barney-15E Level 7 Level 7 (33,350 points)

    It may be manual syncing through iTunes and not iCloud. It's been a while since I set it up.

    The Info page in iTunes indicates you can transfer Mail account settings, which is likely what I remember.

  • Barney-15E Level 7 Level 7 (33,350 points)

    I tried the technique in that linked article with another account on my Mac. It works, but I think you'd be better off setting up the accounts. Here's what I needed to do (note changes with Mountain Lion).


    Open you user/Library folder and copy the Mail folder to an external.

    Open the containers folder and copy folder to external (ML change)

    On the destination Mac, select Get Info on each of the folders.

    Unlock the padlock in the sharing and permissions section.

    Click the Add button and add yourself. Set you to read/write.

    Select you, then use the Gear menu to make you the owner.

    Select any of the other users (except everyone) and delete them.

    Copy the folders into you User/Library folder in the same locations they came from.


    If you don't transfer the keychain, then you'll have to set the passwords for all the accounts, along with the SMTP server password, if set.


    Your original plan I think was easier.


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