13 May 11 14 - problem getting Mac mail app to sync (imap)

Posted on 2011-05-05
Last Modified: 2013-11-08
I have my mail set up as imap. Whenever I deal with mail on my MAC, (read, delete messages, etc), the effects quickly sync to my iPad and iPhone without me even thinking about it. I like that.

Also, if I do something the the mail on the iPhone, the effect will show up on my iPad and vice versa.

HOWEVER, they DO NOT show up on the Mac mail app. For example, if I read mail or delete message on the iPad, when I get home and check my MAC, it still has those messages as unread or undeleted. In order for it to sync, I simply close the Mac mail app and re-open it again, and then everything syncs just nicely.

My question is: Shouldn't this "syncing" on the Mac happen automatically? Is there some setting I haven't got right?

Thanks for your help!


P.S. I have Snow Leopard
Question by:gregholl
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    Greg, do you have Mac Mail open?  Make sure Mac Mail has the latest update.

    IMAP should should "push" changes to Mac Mail.  In Mac Mail, go to  Preferences > Accounts > Mailbox Behaviors and make sure to uncheck "Store draft messages on the server".

    If no joy, delete and then recreate the IMAP account in Mac Mail.
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    OK. I unchecked "Store draft messages on the server". It had indeed been checked. Off to bed right now, but I'll let you know how it works tomorrow.
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    Author Comment

    No joy. Even with the box unchecked I have the same problem. Going on to plan B, I'll let you know.
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    Author Closing Comment

    The problem was never completely solved. But this was the best solution. Thx.

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