I just bought a new Mac.

I want to transfer everything in my Mail install from my previous Mac to this new one. This includes all of the folders that I created "on my Mac"—meaning the contents are stored on the hard drive rather than on the IMAP server.

I've tried copying everything from the ~/Library/Mail/ folder as well as the Mail-related items in ~/Library/Preferences/, but when I launch Mail on the new Mac those 'local' folders aren't there.

I suppose I could manually export them from the old Mac and import them to the new Mac, but that seems incredibly laborious and unnecessary.

Any ideas? This is stumping me. Thank you!

1 Answer 1


Try: File -> Import Mailboxes

Then point it to the mailboxes you copied over (in ~/Library/Mail/V4).

  • Sorry where are those? In the V4 folder?
    – Khoi Vinh
    Commented Jul 6, 2017 at 3:01
  • Yes, the ~/Library/Mail/ folders
    – Alex
    Commented Jul 6, 2017 at 3:02

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