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Question: How to reset Gmail so Mac Mail recollects all mail?

Mac Mail on Sierra stopped collecting Gmail on Wednesday, so I followed various instructions to delete the envelope files in Library>Mail>V4>MailData to force a rebuild (as the Rebuild menu item is completely useless – does nothing – why is it even there?).


Launched Mac Mail and it appeared in Activity Monitor to collected thousands of messages, but now shows only messages since Wednesday. If I restore the original envelop files, I have my old mail up to Wednesday only, and no more gets collected.


Log onto Gmail through web interface shows me that everything is there, i.e., pre- and post-Wednesday.


How do I get back to having both the old pre-Wednesday messages, and messages since Wednesday in Mac Mail?


Is there a way to tell Gmail (or Mac Mail) to actually rebuild the entire store – that is, download absolutely everything, and forget whatever arbitrary Wednesday threshold/pointers Gmail (or Mac Mail) has created?


(I have tried wiping out the entire contents of the Library>Mail, and that did nothing but get me to the same place of having no pre-Wed mail.)

MacBook Pro (Retina, 15-inch, Mid 2015)

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I've figured this out – I'd reached the monthly bandwidth limit for IMAP on the Google email account, so it stopped serving me data until that was reset by the account's administrator. Once that happened, all my mail – old and new – started flowing back in.

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Mar 22, 2018 11:20 AM in response to Heironymus In response to Heironymus

Connection Doctor may tell you something.

Mail>Window>Connection Doctor



A plan of action—from Mail>Preferences>Accounts

delete the gmail account from the list using the - sign ; and then add it back in. Take note of all your settings for this account if necessary before you remove it.


This tend to sort all types of anomalies . All IMAP mail will still be on the server.

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Mar 22, 2018 11:20 AM in response to Heironymus In response to Heironymus

Connection Doctor may tell you something.

Mail>Window>Connection Doctor



A plan of action—from Mail>Preferences>Accounts

delete the gmail account from the list using the - sign ; and then add it back in. Take note of all your settings for this account if necessary before you remove it.


This tend to sort all types of anomalies . All IMAP mail will still be on the server.

Mar 22, 2018 11:20 AM

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Mar 22, 2018 11:22 AM in response to Heironymus In response to Heironymus

I've figured this out – I'd reached the monthly bandwidth limit for IMAP on the Google email account, so it stopped serving me data until that was reset by the account's administrator. Once that happened, all my mail – old and new – started flowing back in.

Mar 22, 2018 11:22 AM

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Question: How to reset Gmail so Mac Mail recollects all mail?