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Howe Do I Prioritize Which Mac (all On iCloud) Is the Primary Destination?

I have 4 Macs, one on Mojave, one on Yosemite, one on High Sierra, and one on Snow Leopard (different because of their ages and capabilities). All are on some version of iCloud. All on the same WiFi home router. I want to have all my saved and filed email on one Mac so I can file email on the sidebar. Problem is that I use all 4 and filing is Mac specific. I’d like to file it on one of the 4 and have it all end up on one Mac with Mojave. Possible?
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John Haller

Comments: 2 Responses to “Howe Do I Prioritize Which Mac (all On iCloud) Is the Primary Destination?”

    9 months ago

    Using cloud services should make it irrelevant. With the cloud, none of your computers are the “primary” one. They should all show the same information.

    In the case of email, if you are using cloud-based email like iCloud, Gmail or any IMAP service, then your email apps are really just viewers for what is on the server. When you read an email, it should show up as read on all your computers, plus phones and tablets. When you file an email into a mailbox (label is the term for Gmail) then it will appear there on all your computing devices.

    But I’m not sure what sort of email you have. If you have iCloud, Gmail or an IMAP server, then you have cloud email. But if you are using an old email service that still uses POP, then it won’t behave like this at all. You should get away from POP and move to an IMAP service. If you are using an ISP email service, you should get away from that for lots of reasons. But they may have a way to switch from POP to IMAP which still using the same email account.

    Another thing to consider is that you can set up local mailboxes in Mac Mail. You DO NOT want to do this. You want to make sure you set up your mailboxes (labels) with your email server so they appear and sync across all of your devices. When you set up a local mailbox and move an email to it, what you are actually doing is removing the email from the server and saving a copy to your local drive.

    John Haller
    9 months ago

    Thank you. That explained it to me.

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