6 Replies Latest reply: Oct 11, 2007 3:36 AM by Sherman Homan
hopemactech Level 1 Level 1 (25 points)
I would like to change my .Mac email access to POP. Apple's instructions say to delete (in Mail) my existing Account and create a new one using the POP settings. Will this delete all the email I have stored on my local computer? If I move all of my sent and received email to On My Computer folders, will they still be available after I delete/create my accounts?

1.25 GHz iMac, Mac OS X (10.3.8)
  • Jeffrey Jones2 Level 6 Level 6 (8,615 points)
    I suggest you just create a new POP account. Under "Advanced" in the IMAP account preferences, uncheck "Enable this account".
  • Duane Level 10 Level 10 (117,950 points)
    Deleting an IMAP account will not delete messages.

    The message will disappear from the Mail's inbox because Mail's inbox is really only a view of the IMAP inbox. The messages will still be on the .Mac mail server's inbox.

    When you create the POP account the messages should be readded to Mail's inbox.
  • Michael Lafferty Level 6 Level 6 (16,080 points)
    I suppose a reasonable question is, "…are you really sure that you want to do that?"

    Trading IMAP access for POP3 access is a step backward by any reasonable measure. I am curious as to why IMAP doesn't work for you.
  • Sherman Homan Level 3 Level 3 (710 points)
    If you move everything to On My Mac folders, then you can delete the IMAP account and make a new POP account. But why?!
  • Bruce Bathurst Level 2 Level 2 (330 points)
    My question would be, unless you work at many different computers, why use IMAP?

    I've not checked POP's changes recently, but IMAP syncs your mail so your mail appears the same on many different computers. It's also great if you want to create synchronized mailboxes, as I do. Mine are by year & month, then smart mailboxes select, say, old business letters I may wish to respond to months later. But I'll run out of space eventually. (This reminds me of iPhoto and iTunes.)

    So, I keep only my last two years of letters in IMAP, emtying earlier folders and moving duplicates out of the mail agent to a folder on my home computer, which I compress. Apple lets me search these compressed folders (which is great), but it's outside my mail agent and takes time.

    Well, I have only one computer and am housebound. Why do I need these frills, when POP3 mailboxes archives all my mail within my mailing agent, in mailboxes going back a decade. An old scientific fact sent me years ago I can search for within my mailing agent in a moment and reply to it. That's better for me.

  • Sherman Homan Level 3 Level 3 (710 points)
    Bruce, I just assumed that the advantages of imap were loved by all, mea culpa! You have clearly thought this through and you are absolutely right.