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Windows Live Mail huge data useage


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#1 steve_oh

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Posted 01 September 2013 - 04:40 PM

Hi guys...I have configured Windows Live mail IMAP , but when active it chews about 45mb of download data per hour just sitting idle. I used to have it on 15 hours a day but that's burning well over .6GB per day! In order to save my data cap (10GB only per month!) I have to shut it down and only start it sparingly. Why is it so hungry when all it should be doing is polling the Gmail server, download any new email then disconnect?  Thanks for any help...


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Posted 04 September 2013 - 09:50 AM

Hi guys...I have configured Windows Live mail IMAP , but when active it chews about 45mb of download data per hour just sitting idle. I used to have it on 15 hours a day but that's burning well over .6GB per day! In order to save my data cap (10GB only per month!) I have to shut it down and only start it sparingly. Why is it so hungry when all it should be doing is polling the Gmail server, download any new email then disconnect?  Thanks for any help...


It may not matter to the question at hand, but you confused me a bit by first mentioning Windows Live mail IMAP and then Gmail. Do you mean that you have the Windows Live Mail client installed and set it up to use IMAP with a Gmail account?

While I am no expert on the "technical workings" of IMAP, I cannot think why it would be using that much data unless you are actively getting a LOT of messages (or messages with large attachments)...my one Gmail based account has like 17000 from many years and it is still only about 2 GB.

When you say you "shut it down", are you talking about the computer or the email client? I am assuming the latter. If it is the former, then it is possible that something else is using the data....so...how did you determine that the email client was using the data?

Have you tried a different email client to see if that changes anything?

Edited by smax013, 04 September 2013 - 09:51 AM.





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