Switching Apple Mail from POP3 to IMAP

If you currently use POP3 to retrieve your UTORmail, you may want to switch to IMAP.

In most mail programs, deleting your POP3 account simple disables it. In Apple Mail, however, deleting your POP3 account will delete your email messages. Rather than remove your account, follow these simple instructions before configuring Apple Mail for IMAP:

  1. Open Apple Mail (Mac Mail) by clicking on the icon in the Dock. Mac Mail icon
  2. Choose Preferences from the Mail menu.
  3. Go to the Accounts section.
  4. Choose your UTORmail POP3 account on the left.
  5. From the three sub-sections on the right, choose Advanced.
  6. Uncheck Enable this account.
  7. Close the Preferences window and click Save when prompted.

Note that your old POP3 messages will remain visible while new emails will be checked via IMAP. As IMAP does not download your messages automatically, you can manually drag and drop messages or even folders to your machine (the "On My Mac" folders). You can even back-up any important POP3 messages by dragging them to your remote folders (by default, "your.name@utoronto.ca"). Please keep your UTORmail storage quota in mind while doing this.

Now you can configure Apple Mail for IMAP.

Tags: UTORmail
Last update:
2010-08-12 15:41
Joel Corbin
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