If you use Apple’s Mail with Gmail, you realize that every time Mail autosaves a draft, Gmail creates a new draft. Even after the message has been sent, Gmail thinks you have lots of drafts.

I haven’t found a good way to stop this but I have found an easy way to clean it up.

Go into Mail, click on the Drafts folder, then go to Mailbox -> Rebuild. Now go into Gmail and refresh the page. Your drafts folder should be clean again.

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The only other fixes I’ve seen is to tell Mail.app to stop saving drafts on the server. That does work, but then that message is only on your Mac. I like the fact that they’re all in sync so I don’t see that as a good fix.

Now that I know how to clean up the multiple drafts easily, I’m not as concerned about them.