Somehow I have lost one month's worth of emails in my Mac Mail account after a drive failed. (I lost September, though I have August and October.) I do however have a copy of them in my Gmail account (used only for safety purposes).

Is there a way to download emails from September from Gmail and get them back into my Mac Mail account?

I have Mavericks.

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You can download the mails from your Gmail and import it to your mac mails

  • create a label like "September mails"
  • Move all september mails to your label
  • Go to your account settings

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Data tool > Select data to download

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Choose your label and download the mails

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The data is exported in standard, widely supported formats—MBOX for e-mail. Most e-mail clients and services can read these files. From Apple support:

Mail (Mavericks): Import mailboxes

Mail can import messages from other email apps or from mailboxes that you exported using Mail.

  • Choose File > Import Mailboxes.
  • Select the email app you want to import messages from.

    If you’re importing a mailbox exported from Mail, or a folder (such as [email protected]) from the ~/Library/Mail/V2 folder on another Mac, choose Apple Mail.Follow the instructions that appear.

  • Make sure the app you’re importing from is active, because some of the options require this.

  • If you’re importing messages from a Windows or UNIX computer, select “Files in mbox format,” then locate the folder containing the files.

  • If the email app you’re switching from isn’t listed, click Cancel. Consult the documentation for the other app to learn how to export messages in mbox format (most email apps can). Then import the mbox files.

  • Review and reorganize the imported messages. The messages are located in a new mailbox called “Import” in the sidebar. To reorganize the messages, create new mailboxes and drag folders and messages from the Import mailbox to other mailboxes. When you’re done, you can delete the Import mailbox.

Hope this helps!

  • Thanks so much for the detailed support. I'll give it a try!
    – Geop
    Commented Oct 27, 2014 at 3:03
  • Ok.I have tried it and it works fine.
    – BDRSuite
    Commented Oct 27, 2014 at 16:25

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