Mail User Guide
May 18, 2019 Apple Mail is a free, native email application that ships with every Mac, making it a solid default choice for most Mac users, especially those using iCloud only. Despite steady developments from the Apple stable, its email client hasn’t had a major design upgrade in years; it’s the same old-school design.
Mail can import email messages that have been exported in mbox format from other email apps, and import mailboxes exported from Mail on a Mac. You can export mailboxes in mbox format.
In the Mail app on your Mac, choose File > Import Mailboxes.
Select a source in the list, read the information that appears below the list, then click Continue.
If you’re importing a mailbox exported from Mail or a folder in the ~/Library/Mail/V7 folder on another Mac, select Apple Mail. To get to the Mail folder on a Mac, click the desktop to make sure you’re in the Finder, press and hold the Option key, choose Go > Library, then click the Mail folder.
If you’re importing messages from a Windows or UNIX computer, select “Files in mbox format,” then locate the folder containing the files.
Reorganize the imported messages, if you like.
The messages are in a new mailbox called Import in the Mail sidebar. You can drag folders and messages from the Import mailbox to new or existing mailboxes, then delete the Import mailbox.
In the Mail app on your Mac, select one or more mailboxes, then choose Mailbox > Export Mailbox.
Choose a folder or create a new folder, then click Choose.
Mail exports the mailboxes as .mbox packages. If you previously exported a mailbox, Mail doesn’t overwrite the existing .mbox file; it creates a new .mbox file, such as My Mailbox 3.mbox.
Use the Mail app
Learn how to use Mail on your iOS device or Mac.
Add an email account to your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch
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Check for status messages that tell you more about the issue and how to fix it.Get help with Mail
If your iCloud Contacts, Calendars, or Reminders won’t sync
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How to use emoji, accents, and symbols on your Mac
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