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How To: Disable Mac Mail Connection Logging

Disable Mac Mail Connection Logging

Mac OS Mail offers the ability to enable connection logging to help troubleshoot email server issues. In addition, the logs will monitor all email sent and received by any email addresses you have added to your Mac OS Mail client. This type of logging is beneficial in some instances when you work in a highly secured environment, but generally the logging is not needed unless your troubleshooting an email connection issue. For reference, email connection logs are stored here.

 

\Users\CurrentUser\Library\Containers\com.apple.mail\Data\Library\Logs\Mail

 

Perhaps you inadvertently enabled connection logging, here are the quick and easy steps to disable it.

 

Disable Connection Doctor Logging

  1. In Mac Mail, go to Window -> Connection Doctor

 Mac mail connection doctor

 

  1. Uncheck Log Connection Activity.
Mac mail log connection activity 
 
  1. At this point, connections will no longer be logged to file. You may still want to empty the log files it collected. Click Show Logs and delete everything in the folder that opens if you no longer wish to keep the files.
Mac mail connection doctor log files
 

Note: You can safely delete all the files in the path mentioned above, as long as you no longer wish to save them.

 

You will notice the message at the top of Mac Mail Connection Logging Enabled also disappear.

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Comments

Roger Thompson on Sunday, 14 October 2018 21:55

Had this enabled by Apple to help trace a problem. Wondered where it came from. Thanks for showing how to disable and remove!

Had this enabled by Apple to help trace a problem. Wondered where it came from. Thanks for showing how to disable and remove!
peter on Friday, 07 September 2018 05:05

Thank you. Found your site very helpful in switching off connection logging.

Thank you. Found your site very helpful in switching off connection logging.
John Vossos on Tuesday, 14 August 2018 12:09

Thanks for that information. I am always looking for ways to maintain some privacy.

Thanks for that information. I am always looking for ways to maintain some privacy.
David Payne on Friday, 15 June 2018 03:40

Brilliant - my 'System' storage was >350GB! All down to one of these log files that had built up over 3 years! Apple Support didn't appear to be aware of this issue. All solved now

Brilliant - my 'System' storage was >350GB! All down to one of these log files that had built up over 3 years! Apple Support didn't appear to be aware of this issue. All solved now
Sancso on Friday, 04 May 2018 09:17

is it possible do that from terminal?

is it possible do that from terminal?
POla on Tuesday, 17 April 2018 07:21

thank u so muuuchhhhhh ! I am not an IT master and that is why I love your explanation !!! U SAVED MY LIFE

thank u so muuuchhhhhh ! I am not an IT master and that is why I love your explanation !!! U SAVED MY LIFE
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