Is it possible to set up a new email account on Apple Mail app on macOS and only have it download new emails from the time it was set up on the Mail app?

I want to have a fresh start with an existing email address but I don't want to delete any of my old emails.

Question: how do I add an email address to the Mac Mail app and only have it display new emails?

  • Is the account IMAP or POP3 ?
    – Tetsujin
    Jul 3, 2020 at 12:31
  • its a Gmail account.
    – DrkStr
    Jul 3, 2020 at 14:09
  • You can either start with a new email address and the messages downloaded will meet your criteria by default, or you have an existing email account in which case you'll have all your existing emails.
    – Allan
    Jul 3, 2020 at 19:43
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    Have a look at the (at the gmail site) at the label options. You can adjust whether they show up as IMAP folders - suppose with some relabeling you can have the old ones all in excluded labels.
    – bdecaf
    Jul 3, 2020 at 19:50

2 Answers 2


Make Use of the Archive Function

In Apple Mail, you can Archive mail that you no longer need immediate access to, but you don't want to delete.

See the Apple Support Document: Archive emails in Mail on Mac

Archive Icon in Apple Mail

I want to have a fresh start with an existing email address but I don't want to delete any of my old emails.

This is exactly what Archive will do. You will have a nice, fresh start with your In-Box, but you wouldn't have deleted any of the existing email messages. If you ever need to search for them again, they are readily available.

In my personal workflow, I archive everything older than 365 days (you can set up a rule, but that's a different question). The other day, I needed a Serial Number for a scanner I purchased 2 years earlier and was able to find it within a couple of seconds. This feature works, and works well!


If you give yourself a new unique email address then the only files that will appear will be new ones sent to that new email.

To open a new email account, open apple mail and under the Mail menu there is an option to Add New Account. The mail app will then ask you which account to enter. Select Google (for gmail) and follow the instructions.

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