How to Keep Emails on the Server

What to Know

  • Open the Mail app. Choose Mail in the menu bar and choose Preferences in the drop-down menu.
  • Select the Accounts tab. Choose your account and open the Account Information tab.
  • Check the Remove copy from server after retrieving a message field. Choose a time interval.

This article explains how to maintain emails from a POP account on the server for a day, week, or month after they’re downloaded to an email client. Information on this article applies to the Mail software in macOS Monterey (12.5) by means of macOS Sierra (10.12)

How to Keep Mail on the Server With macOS Mail

One characteristic of POP e-mail accounts is that you just select how your emails behave after they have been downloaded to an email client. With the macOS Mail software, you resolve whether or not to have your emails deleted or saved on the e-mail server for a specified period of time.

  1. Launch the Mail software on your Mac. Select Mail in the menu bar, select Preferences in the drop-down menu to open the Mail system preferences.

  2. Select the Accounts tab at the high of the Mail preferences display screen.

  3. Highlight the POP e-mail account you need to edit in the left pane.

  4. Choose the Account Information tab and place a examine in the field subsequent to Remove copy from server after retrieving a message.

  5. From the drop-down menu just under the examine field, select After in the futureAfter one week, or After one month.

    • For instance, if you choose after one week, the messages stay on the e-mail server for every week after they obtain to macOS Mail, after which they’re faraway from the server. You can obtain the identical messages on different computer systems and units inside that week solely.

    There’s additionally a When moved from Inbox choice which you could choose. It deletes emails from the server solely after you move the messages away from the Inbox in Mail.

  6. Close the Accounts window and return to your e-mail.

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