How do I make IMAP work for me?
April 14, 2014 6:31 PM Subscribe
IMAP is supposed to be able to preserve message state information across clients. So why is it that my email read/unread states aren't transferring from my Macbook to my iPhone?
posted by capricorn to Computers & Internet (5 answers total)
I have two email accounts which I'm using with Apple Mail, both IMAP accounts. One is Gmail and the other is with my ISP. Right now, when I receive a new email message, I get an app badge/popup on my Macbook and not on my iPhone. Most* of my email is marked read on my phone and unread on my computer when I receive it. What I'd really like to happen is this:
1. Receive popup alert and badge on both phone and computer
2. Messages are marked unread on both phone and computer when I receive them
3. Messages that I mark as read on my phone are marked read on my computer and vice versa
Is this possible? I have a late 2013 Retina Macbook Pro running OSX 10.9.2 and an AT&T iPhone 5 running iOS 7.1.
*For a bonus point: I set up a rule that moves messages from the organization I volunteer with into their own folder on Mail on my computer. New messages don't badge the desktop app icon or trigger popup alerts on my computer. Meanwhile, I do receive alerts/badges for them on my phone, where the folder/rule doesn't exist. Is there a way to make it so the behavior across devices is consistent and I either get badges/popups on both my phone and computer or neither?