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Question: Downloading email messages does not delete them from the ISP server

ISP server is always full of email messages because my Macmail v.11.2 does not delete them from the server when I download them. ISP says I can change this. I can't find a place to select this option.

iMac, macOS High Sierra (10.13.3)

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That is the way IMAP works. IMAP keeps your email on the server so that it can sync your emails across multiple devices. If you change to POP then your email will be downloaded to the first device to access the email account. POP is an older protocol often not used in favor of IMAP because people now access their email from multiple devices.

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Mar 16, 2018 11:29 AM in response to ohohgary In response to ohohgary

Are you using IMAP or POP? The former would not have such an option. Perhaps you should locate your ISP's help page for configuring mail programs. Most ISPs provide these help pages. The option may be one contained on your ISP's individual account setup. Ask the ISP for help.

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Mar 16, 2018 4:23 PM in response to ohohgary In response to ohohgary

That is the way IMAP works. IMAP keeps your email on the server so that it can sync your emails across multiple devices. If you change to POP then your email will be downloaded to the first device to access the email account. POP is an older protocol often not used in favor of IMAP because people now access their email from multiple devices.

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Mar 16, 2018 5:25 PM in response to BobTheFisherman In response to BobTheFisherman

That makes sense. I don't like it, but it makes sense. I'll check with Earthlink, but I doubt their Asian product support person will be able to offer any workaround and I'll just have to schedule purging the ISP inbox once a week or so.

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Mar 16, 2018 7:06 PM in response to ohohgary In response to ohohgary

You could export some of your messages as pdf files. It would might be hard to find them again. You get a numbered list of pdf files. You can select a group by clicking on the first, holding down the shift key, then clicking on the last. You can use the same technique to delete a group of messages. You could look at messages with attachments and delete those.


You could look around for another email client that would allow you to select for attachments. [ No I do not know ]


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