Mail ranks among the most used apps on your Mac. Apple’s desktop operating system includes its own Mail app, allowing users to quickly send and receive emails. Apple has been working on improving its own Mail app in an attempt to meet your daily mailing needs. However, there are exceptions to everything.
Apple’s Mail app on Mac may sometimes become a cause of annoyance, as it is not responding or messages are slow to appear. If you are a big fan of the stock Mail app for macOS, then at some point you may have wanted to speed up Mail on your Mac.
Fortunately, there is a built-in app called Automator, which helps you speed up your work in the Mail app for macOS. This eliminates the need for a third-party software or program to be installed on your computer.
In this guide, we will go through the steps on how to speed up Mail on your Mac. Before we begin, make sure you now have a modern version of macOS on your machine.
How to speed up Apple’s stock Mail app in macOS High Sierra
Step 1: First off, head to the Finder and then click on Go
Step 2: Select Applications from the pull-down menu, then locate the Automator app from the list and open it
Step 3: Next up, click New Document at the bottom of the left side bar and then hit Workflow
Step 4: Click Choose, and enter “quit” into the input field. Once you are done, drag and drop the action called Quit Application to the right window
Step 5: Choose Mail from the pop-up window and type the word Run from the search field at the top
Step 6: Now just simply drag and drop the action called Run Shell Script to the right side of the window and then enter the following command: sqlite3 ~/Library/Mail/V5/MailData/Envelope\ Index vacuum;
Step 7: Once you are done, head back to the search bar and input launch. After that, drag and drop the Launch Application action to the right side of the window and hit Mail from the pop-up menu
Step 8: Hit File from the Apple menu and then choose Save from the drop-down menu. After that, name your workflow and select where you want to save your Automator script.
How to speed up Mail in macOS High Sierra
Once you have created a new Automator script, you now can run it every time Mail is slow. Here is how.
Step 1: From the Automator window, hit File and then select Convert To… from the pull-down menu
Step 2: Click Calendar Alarm and then hit Choose
Step 3: Hit File from the Apple menu, then select Save and choose Save again.
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