This has apparently been going on for some time but I didn't notice it until today.

I use Apple Mail (Sierra) as my mail client. Any emails I receive to either of my two Gmail accounts, are only visible under the iCloud Inbox folder. They are labeled as existing in that folder when I do a search, and I can see them as long as that's what I'm viewing (or have rules based on that Inbox). But if I go to the actual Gmail account inboxes, none of the messages are there.

Why is this happening and how can I stop it? I tried removing a Gmail account and re-adding it from scratch in System Prefs, but nothing changed.

To add some clarity, here is a picture showing my Inboxes - 1 for iCloud, and 2 for Gmail. All emails sent to or from the Gmail addresses (via the mail.app client) appear under the iCloud Inbox (or sent mail) and do NOT appear under the appropriate Gmail Inboxes.

If I scroll down further, I see the second image, which clearly shows that the Gmail Inboxes don't even have all the usual Gmail folders below them, only Important and Chats, but nothing else. So what gives here?

My Inboxes Gmail Inboxes Detail

  • you can not have two gmails accounts showing in same folder on iCloud
    – Ruskes
    Nov 27, 2018 at 21:24
  • Not sure what you are referring to. I have two separate Gmail accounts each with their own folders in the mail client. But all emails sent to those addresses are appearing in my single iCloud inbox folder
    – JVC
    Nov 27, 2018 at 21:25
  • I thought that is what you said, and what Folder is that on iCloud ? And what is confusing you say you do not see them on your WEB based gmail account (not the Apple Mail).
    – Ruskes
    Nov 27, 2018 at 21:40
  • Nowhere did I refer to my web mail. I do not use the web based email client for anything, ever. I am referring strictly to the Apple mail client. In the sidebar it shows folders for each account, each one has its own inbox. But all the emails in my Gmail accounts, show up in the inbox for iCloud.
    – JVC
    Nov 27, 2018 at 22:19
  • Gmail is a web mail. So my question was do you see those gmail's in your Web based Gmail (log in and look). mail.google.com/mail
    – Ruskes
    Nov 28, 2018 at 1:35

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you might have an rule set-up to automatically forward mail in the client.

  • No, though I use lots of rules to organize messages, I definitely do not have, nor have I ever had, any rules that forwards 100% of my emails anywhere.
    – JVC
    Nov 27, 2018 at 21:12

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