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Question: Disable the Push IMAP (IDLE) email in macOS Sierra

I'm wondering if anybody has found a workaround to the question of how can you disable the Push IMAP (IDLE) email in Macmail for OSX High Sierra?

My WP website crashed because IMAP in Macmail runs too many processes and eats up my usable server space.

I have a short term workaround by turning off MacMail on my computer and turning off ALL my devices at the same time. That will clean up my usage for about 24 hours before I go back into the red zone of disc usage.

Before OSX Sierra, you could just disable the Push IMAP setting. That isn't available anymore.

Any thoughts?


MacBook Pro with Retina display, macOS High Sierra (10.13.3), MacMail v.11.2

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Apr 24, 2018 3:13 AM in response to fporter In response to fporter

I agree with you,fporter. It's annoying.

I spoke with a high level Tech Advisor in Apple Care. We tried several workarounds. He took it to the highest technicians. The answer was this: They have no intention of making adjustments to the system to accommodate this situation. Their point of view was that I wasn't a "business" account. Seems odd with all the Internet businesses run by individual people that are popping up.

The solution is to shop for another email client. What a shame, right?

Apr 24, 2018 3:13 AM

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Apr 24, 2018 3:15 AM in response to Eric Root In response to Eric Root

Hey Eric, thanks for popping in. In the end, it's easier to just shut down mail until I need to check my mails. I miss out on the immediate notifications, but I would miss out on them anyway if I disabled the account temporarily.

The only real solution at this point is to shop for another mail provider.

Apr 24, 2018 3:15 AM

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Question: Disable the Push IMAP (IDLE) email in macOS Sierra