• I send an email.
  • I wait some days, and I receive no response (the recipient never replies). I now wish to send a follow-up email.
  • I locate the first email I sent (either by searching or scrolling, in either my "sent" folder or "all mail", doesn't matter, same outcome).
  • I click the reply button or hit cmdr (doesn't matter, same outcome).
  • I compose a second message.
  • I click send.


  • My second email should go to my recipient.

Unexpected outcome:

  • My second email is sent to myself instead.

I'm new to Apple macOS Mail app. I'm more familiar with Gmail, but I recently switched to free my email from my web browser. However, I don't understand why anyone would want this behavior, and I'm hoping there's a way to fix it that I've not found.


In troubleshooting after the comments below, it seems this problem occurs only for ignored emails sent before I switched from Gmail web app to Apple Mail app. I guess that's good news (in that eventually the problem should become irrelevant the longer I use Mail app), but why should this even occur?


  • Mail app version 12.4
  • macOS version 10.14.4 (Mojave)
  • When you say you click reply, is this on the email in the Sent folder? Because when I do that, it creates a new email to the original recipient. (Same versions of Mail and OS) Commented Apr 25, 2019 at 20:36
  • "I receive no response." What type of response are you looking for? You will not get a response email unless the receiver sends you a reply. Commented Apr 25, 2019 at 21:31
  • When I wrote "I receive no response", I mean I sent the email, waited a week, and the recipient never replied. I'm trying to send a follow-up email.
    – 2540625
    Commented Apr 25, 2019 at 22:47
  • Whether I locate the message in "Sent" or "All Mail", and whether I reply by clicking the reply button or hitting command-r, makes no difference.
    – 2540625
    Commented Apr 25, 2019 at 22:50
  • You could try Reply All. That should generate an email addressed to both you and the original recipient. You can then delete your email address. Commented Apr 26, 2019 at 19:26

1 Answer 1


You should check the recipient/ To email address if that mention your name then it will come on to your email address.

  • I shouldn't have to check the to/cc/bcc fields. The reasonable expectation for reply is to populate "to" with the other party. I'd like to know why this fails.
    – 2540625
    Commented Apr 26, 2019 at 20:33
  • The best way to get of this issue is to remove the email account from mail and set it up again. This will resolve the issue. Commented Apr 28, 2019 at 20:13

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