As many are facing the problem of IMAP syncing all the mails of Gmail, I want to know how can one sync specific Gmail labels to Mail.app?

For example, if I have Friends, Family, Company1, Company2, and Bank labels, how can I only synchronize Friends and Family?

Also, It should not apply that setting uniformly to all my syncs. For example, I want to sync all my mails to my Nexus 5, but only few labels with Mail.app.

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You can specify the labels shown in your IMAP client in Google Mail settings via the checkbox on the right side.

GMail settings

  • I have updated my question following your answer. Sep 14, 2014 at 18:30
  • This would still sync all emails, just won't show these labels as folders. Nov 1, 2018 at 8:45

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