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Question: How sync Mail across phone, iMac and Macbook pro

I have an iphone7, Macbook Pro and iMac. Macbook and iMac have Yosemite. I'm trying to get Mail to sync my Gmail account across devices (when I read an email on one device it doesn't show as "read" on another). I have read other posts and am still having trouble.


When I go on my Macbook and look up Mail>Accounts>Advanced I see that it says "IMAP prefix" and that box is empty. Port says 993 and the box for "use SSL" is checked. I interpret this as my account using an IMAP vs. POP.


On my phone I go to Accounts>Gmail>Advanced and for "Incoming settings" it says IMAP Path Prefix also, but there are no numbers next to this . Below it says Server Port 993.


I interpret this to mean that my phone is also set to IMAP vs. POP.


The Macbook is set to check for new messages "automatically."


On the phone under "accounts and passwords" the "Fetch New Data" is set to "push". In the "push" screen, My Gmail is also listed as Fetch every 15 minutes. To me this means that if I turn off push, data will be "fetched" every 15 minutes.


However, if I read an email on my Macbook, it does not show up as "read" on my phone or the iMac, so I'm having to delete or mark as read the same emails on every device! Driving me crazy. Any help is greatly appreciated.

iMac, OS X Yosemite (10.10.4)

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No problem! I believe that sending emails will update the server as well. That's a good sign if they're now working together. When you open your MacBook, just click the 'Get Mail' button on the upper left-hand side of your screen. The computer will then contact the server and you will (likely) see a small pop-up on the lower-left of your mail window that shows that it's refreshing. Does that make sense?


Click on the 'Sort by' option on your computer and make sure it's set to 'Sort By Date' and it has the 'Newest Message on Top.'

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Mar 11, 2018 4:08 PM in response to efg819 In response to efg819

Your mail just isn't retrieving stuff from the server very quickly. On iOS devices, pull down on your list of messages to refresh (if you're connected to the internet—if you're not connected to the internet on all of these devices, then your mail won't ever sync). You can see what settings your mail account uses through this site: Mail Settings Lookup - Apple Support

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Mar 11, 2018 5:05 PM in response to zfJames In response to zfJames

Thanks for getting back to me. All of my devices are hooked up to the internet, and I've been in contact with the server for the last 2 hours, sending emails (which I understand should trigger connection with the server to update) and reading through them. It looks like my phone and Macbook are finally showing the same status of emails (read or deleted) as is my iMac, so thank you.


Question- if I don't check email on the Macbook as frequently on the other two, do I just need to refresh the email on the Macbook and give it a minute before I proceed (giving the Macbook a chance to update to reflect my phone/iMac changes to email?)


As I look at my inbox in my Mail account right now on my Macbook, it shows emails from earlier today below emails from a couple days ago, and my phone has them in the right order. What's happening there?

Mar 11, 2018 5:05 PM

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Mar 11, 2018 9:20 PM in response to efg819 In response to efg819

No problem! I believe that sending emails will update the server as well. That's a good sign if they're now working together. When you open your MacBook, just click the 'Get Mail' button on the upper left-hand side of your screen. The computer will then contact the server and you will (likely) see a small pop-up on the lower-left of your mail window that shows that it's refreshing. Does that make sense?


Click on the 'Sort by' option on your computer and make sure it's set to 'Sort By Date' and it has the 'Newest Message on Top.'

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