I don't want Mail to automatically download new mail. I want to manually do this by choosing Mailbox > Get All New Mail.

I have tried setting the preference 'Check for new messages: Manually' in Preferences > General, thinking this would solve the issue. But email still pushes to my iCloud account!

Does anyone know how to change this behaviour so new mail only delivers when I ask the app to fetch it?



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According to this topic: Disable the Push IMAP (IDLE) email in macOS Sierra, Apple has removed that option.

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    What I ended up doing was setting up an iCloud Mail rule to mark all incoming messages as 'read' – its not as good, but at least my Mail app is no longer littered with distracting 'unread' symbols.
    – Andy
    Jun 15, 2017 at 20:17
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    Ridiculous choice by Apple. Users are being progressively trained in how to engage with their devices, by gradually removing their ability to choose...
    – user166405
    Oct 16, 2017 at 17:37

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