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We've been struggling for a a few weeks with all messages sent via a google apps account also appearing on its own inbox (as already read) as well as the correct "sent" folder/label. We tested it from different imap connections and reviewed all configs without success.

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Finally figured out via a few comments on forum it had to be filter related. As this is a heavy filtered account it took us a while and the answer was a simple rule to avoid mails from our own domains being classified as spam.

In Gmail filters an action of "never classify as spam" apparently also applies to sent messages and automatically assumes unless you specify another it will put it in the inbox.

So once we removed a rule of type:

Matches: from:(@alsur.es)
Apply: never send to spam

The problem was solved

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To confirm was @alsur.es the domain you were sending it from ? –  sam Mar 18 at 12:58

I have also had the problem of a copy of my Gmail sent mail showing up in my Inbox. I put in filters, I checked one Gmail account against another where this was not happening. Today I figured it out. Go to Gmail - Settings - Forwarding POP/IMAP - POP Download. Find the question "when messages are accessed from POP (options). Mine had (keep Gmails copy in Inbox). It is a drop down box so you have options. I used (delete Gmail copy). I am still getting a copy in Sent mail. I hope this helps someone avoid the frustration I have had solving this issue.

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From my experience, this is due to the use of the "recent:" feature* in Gmail.

Once removed, the duplicate sent emails disappear. If you have two or more computers, this is a useful feature and the only way to deal with it, is to create a filter to archive it. Otherwise just remove it.

* for downloading trough POP3 the same email to more than 1 computer or device.

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I took care of the problem by fixing the filter I had in a way that declares that only when the mail is for me apply the rule.

So when I send a mail the rule does not apply and the sent mail is automatically archived in the sent mail folder only.

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Perhaps you could share the exact text of the filter for the benefit of others. –  Al E. Dec 5 at 0:49

I had the same problem, where all of my sent mail was in my inbox. Go to Settings, forwarding POP/IMAP, disable POP and use IMAP.

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