Gmail and Apple Mail - POP IMAP

I converted about 10 POP IMAP e-mail accounts.  In the process, I lost thousands of emails associated with my ISP email accounts. It was really my fault... water under the bridge.

It's bad enough, but the worst is Gmail. I never use Gmail online. With pop, I just received messages via Apple Mail and delete or remove messages on my MBP.

Now, after having converted the IMAP accounts, I get all gmail messages I've ever sent or received, down, responsible for Apple Mail and I can't understand how to stop them.  He now has a record of archive which regenerates every time that I have trash all messages.  There are a multitude of other questions as well.

At this point all my accounts are offline until I can figure out what to do.  All advice is greatly appreciated.


  • IMAP accounts: Messages are stored on an e-mail server until you delete them. When your account connects to the server, it is synchronized so that the messages on your Mac are the same as those on the server. Messages are accessible from different computers and locations where you use the account.
  • POP accounts: Messages are stored on an e-mail server and are downloaded to your Mac when you access your account. Messages remain on the server until they are deleted from the server.

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