I have a large amount of email in Gmail, the account is at 99% capacity. I'd like to remove this from Gmail and only store it locally. Using mail.app When I drag the message from a Gmail mailbox into a local folder the message still appears on Gmail.

How can I move the messages locally so they don't appear in Gmail anymore?


  • How did you set up the local folder, does it appear under "Local"?
    – nohillside
    Commented Nov 11, 2011 at 11:44
  • Yes, I created a mailbox on my Mac and dragged the message from a folder in gmail to the local mailbox.
    – Tom
    Commented Nov 11, 2011 at 12:38
  • Strange, when I drag stuff from Gmail->Local in Mail.app 5.1, it disappears from Gmail... I have to hold down Cmd if I want to copy it.
    – calum_b
    Commented Nov 11, 2011 at 15:17

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I'm guessing you might need to manually delete the messages in Gmail as well. I'm not familiar with copying mail to a local folder, but I do know that Gmail is VERY protective of keeping its mail within its service as much as possible.

That would be the best advice I can offer.

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