Gmail: I can't undo from my Mail app with IMAP. HELP!

April 4, 2011 / Updated: April 4, 2011 / Lena Shore


I am using gmail for my mail and have set up my mail using IMAP. Used to, when I deleted a message I could “undo” (command-Z) and get the message back. Well, after switching to IMAP it doesn’t work anymore. Unfortunately, I use this feature a lot. Anyway I can get it to work again?


Yes you can!

Step One: Install Advanced IMAP Controls on your Gmail account

  1. Login to your Gmail.
  2. In the upper right of the screen there is a little gear symbol (as of this writing). When you mouse over it, you will see “mail settings”. Click on that.
  3. Now go to the “Labs” tab.
  4. Find the Advanced IMAP Controls and enable them.
  5. Click “Save Changes”.

Step Two: Adjust Auto-Expunge Setting

  1. Go to the “Forwarding and POP/IMAP tab.
  2. Notice the extra controls under “IMAP Access”
  3. Select “Auto-Expunge off”.
  4. Click “Save Changes”. Bingo! Your “undo” will now work on your Macintosh’s Apple Mail app.
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Lena Shore

Lena is a full-time freelancer and nerd that specializes in web development, graphic design, and illustration. She enjoys building things, learning new things, pursuing creative endeavors, and giving free advice.


  1. Richard Robertson on May 2, 2011 at 7:23 am

    At the bottom of Step One add:

    5. Save Changes.

    Do the same at the bottom of Step Two.

    • Lena on May 2, 2011 at 9:21 am

      Thank you! All fixed!

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