Super User is a question and answer site for computer enthusiasts and power users. Join them; it only takes a minute:

Sign up
Here's how it works:
  1. Anybody can ask a question
  2. Anybody can answer
  3. The best answers are voted up and rise to the top

I have my GMail account setup with using IMAP. I accidentally deleted my Sent Mail through, emptied the Trash. This propagated to the cloud, and I lost all my Sent items.

The one smart thing I was doing was backing up. So I have the backups. I reverted to a backup which had my Sent Mail and started back up. Upon restart, my Sent Mail was back, but then disappeared on first sync, because it looks like it pulls email statuses from GMail down to, where as I need to push an entire folder/label/mailbox to GMail.

So to sum it all up: How do I sync with GMail using so that my local email is pushed to the cloud?


share|improve this question
Use Pop3 next time and leave a local copy on the other server for if you want to. – Ivo Flipse Feb 17 '10 at 6:45
POP3 is NOT the right answer. POP3 needs to die. IMAP is the right choice. Auto-sync can be overridden. – Alexander Burke Mar 16 '10 at 0:45
  1. Disconnect from the internet
  2. Restore your backup
  3. Open, and copy the messages from the GMail sent folder into a new local folder
  4. Connect to the internet and sync. The messages in your sent folder should dissapear
  5. Drag the messages from the newly created local folder back into the sent folder in GMail
share|improve this answer
I believe this is the correct answer. – Alexander Burke Mar 16 '10 at 0:46

Wow, quite a costly accident! Rather than restoring the entire backup, try to import just the Sent Items folder into your current It will be in its own folder under Imported Mailboxes (or something like that). Then move the mail from the imported Sent Items folder to your actual Sent Items folder. That should propagate to the server.

share|improve this answer
I wonder if that actually works. – cregox Feb 27 '10 at 15:41

You must log in to answer this question.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged .