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Old October 29th, 2009, 10:22 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default No way to search email messages???

I've been trying out the 2.0 emulator and the quick search box. The search box searches Google, bookmarks, web history, Application names and contacts but not email. I looked in the preferences and there is no option to include mail in search. Am I missing something or is there no way to search email? I sure hope I missed something simple or that this is just a limitation of the SDK.

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The cnet.com review said you have to have the email app open to use Google search for emails.
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The cnet.com review said you have to have the email app open to use Google search for emails.
Just tried this and it doesn't work on the emulator. If you're in the message list and click search you get the quick search bar but the search results don't include messages. Hopefully the CNET reviewer actually tried this and it does indeed work on the real device.
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I found the message search function the CNET review referenced but it is not for email but only for messaging. If you go into messaging and hit search you get a slightly different search dialogue that says "search messages" but it's only for text messaging. If you go to the email inbox and hit search you get the standard quick search bar.

From CNET, I think they are referring to the Text messaging inbox
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Well... the Gmail application has a search function.. I just tried it now and it works great. I'd be surprised if the email app which supports exchange doesn't have a similar function. I also wouldn't be surprised if the quick search box eventually adds support to search emails as well (if it doesnt already).
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Default Search email indeed missing

It looks like there is no way to search email accounts other than with the Gmail application. That's really disappointing and probably a deal breaker for me. How they can just skip such basic functionality? It's beyond me and totally unacceptable, particularly for a search company. While I suspected it was true based on testing with the emulator, this review confirms it. Also, other video reviews clearly show the Gmail App search function but nothing for standard mail or Exchange. A real shame...
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It looks like there is no way to search email accounts other than with the Gmail application. That's really disappointing and probably a deal breaker for me. How they can just skip such basic functionality? It's beyond me and totally unacceptable, particularly for a search company. While I suspected it was true based on testing with the emulator, this review confirms it. Also, other video reviews clearly show the Gmail App search function but nothing for standard mail or Exchange. A real shame...
Really?

Not having the ability to search e-mail on your PHONE is a dealbreaker? If it was an important e-mail and you needed reference from some other e-mail, wouldn't you just use a computer?

Then again, I am not one to criticize such an option. I have only searched for an e-mail a few times. I try to keep all of my inboxes fairly organized. (In other words, don't listen to me)
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Really?

Not having the ability to search e-mail on your PHONE is a dealbreaker? If it was an important e-mail and you needed reference from some other e-mail, wouldn't you just use a computer?
Yes, really. Currently being able to search email (both locally and remotely on the server) from my Blackberry is a big plus when I'm not at a computer. On the Blackberry Storm you can also just hold your finger over any message and it will automatically find all messages from that sender. Hard to imagine no search at all.
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Yes, really. Currently being able to search email (both locally and remotely on the server) from my Blackberry is a big plus when I'm not at a computer. On the Blackberry Storm you can also just hold your finger over any message and it will automatically find all messages from that sender. Hard to imagine no search at all.
Fair enough. Sometimes I take granted the fact that I am usually always around computers (I work as a system admin, software developer, etc.). (when I am not around computers, I am usually relaxing and not wanting to respond to e-mail )
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I'd really like exchange email search, but if I think back on it, I've used email search on my BB maybe once or twice inteh last two years.

Now what I'd really want is ability to sort by date/sender/subject - if that's missing I'll be unhappy.
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It blows my mind that I can not search my emails.

I have 8 gmail accounts and in order for me to look for something like the word
"cat" I need to view each email and then do a search.

If you have pop email you can't even search it.

It is a deal break...why....because whats the point of a smart phone if it ain't acting too smart.
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is this really true..if u dont use the gmail app u cant search emails?
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I have 8 gmail accounts and in order for me to look for something like the word
"cat" I need to view each email and then do a search.

When you say each "email" you mean each account, not each message, right?
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Yes, really. Currently being able to search email (both locally and remotely on the server) from my Blackberry is a big plus when I'm not at a computer. On the Blackberry Storm you can also just hold your finger over any message and it will automatically find all messages from that sender. Hard to imagine no search at all.
I am thinking of returning my DROID for this reason alone. Of course the problem is that I have had four different blackberries and all are amazing email machines but are so slow otherwise with spinning clocks or hour glasses that drove me mad. The Tour was better than the rest, until I installed just a few apps then it slowed down and crashed twice.
I would think this will be a software upgrade or an app soon. I would pay gladly for a search feature.
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So I was just using the emulator and I am finding that within the "email" application there is no way to search the text of the emails that are currently on the phone. Is this true?

I understand for gmail things are different...I'm simply asking about an offline search. That is...the phone searching the text of the emails that are stored on the phone. This is, or is not possible?

Also, is it only possible for gmail? If so, can it be performed offline as well?

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I am thinking of returning my DROID for this reason alone. Of course the problem is that I have had four different blackberries and all are amazing email machines but are so slow otherwise with spinning clocks or hour glasses that drove me mad. The Tour was better than the rest, until I installed just a few apps then it slowed down and crashed twice.
I would think this will be a software upgrade or an app soon. I would pay gladly for a search feature.
Being a Blackberry user for over 4 years, I certainly can attest to wanting this feature. For obvious reasons, the BB is superior to out of luck on a Did phone though. Search the Market for an app called "Touchdown" which is an Exchange sync app. Not only do you get searchable email, but there are a lot more features as well that BB users will appreciate. 30 day demo version, full version is $20.

Sorry for resurrecting this thread, I was searching for an email search setting native to the droid and saw this message didn't merton Touchdown.
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I have yahoo configured in the standard email client and it searches fine. I have a droid x with no keyboard. I go to my inbox, press and hold the menu button. This brings up the onscreen keyboard. Then just start typing. It searches the senders name, email address and subject line and filters the emails. If you have a droid with a keyboard then you just start typing. In either case you don't use the search function. Just start typing.
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This worked for me. I have an exchange email and this works well. Thanks for the tip.
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I have yahoo configured in the standard email client and it searches fine. I have a droid x with no keyboard. I go to my inbox, press and hold the menu button. This brings up the onscreen keyboard. Then just start typing. It searches the senders name, email address and subject line and filters the emails. If you have a droid with a keyboard then you just start typing. In either case you don't use the search function. Just start typing.

I literally started an account on this site just to say that you saved my life with this information. I was so frustrated that I couldn't search my exchange email... I knew there was a way... Thanks again!!!
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I have yahoo configured in the standard email client and it searches fine. I have a droid x with no keyboard. I go to my inbox, press and hold the menu button. This brings up the onscreen keyboard. Then just start typing. It searches the senders name, email address and subject line and filters the emails. If you have a droid with a keyboard then you just start typing. In either case you don't use the search function. Just start typing.
I have a Droid running stock 2.2, and neither of these approaches works for me. Holding the menu button only brings up the standard menu once you release the button. Opening the keyboard and typing does absolutely nothing.

You are talking about the standard app called "Email" that has as its icon a white envelope containing a yellow card that reads "@", right?
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Many thanks to Ntwatson for the info on how to search emails. I too came from a blackberry and use the search function often. And, I too do not have a job where I am in front of a computer all day. I am mobile and need my emails on my phone. One frustration down concurning the search function. Onto my next issue...
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I have a Droid running stock 2.2, and neither of these approaches works for me. Holding the menu button only brings up the standard menu once you release the button. Opening the keyboard and typing does absolutely nothing.

You are talking about the standard app called "Email" that has as its icon a white envelope containing a yellow card that reads "@", right?
I am on a Droid 2 running stock 2.2 as well. It is working just fine for me in the email client. It is the one with the little @ symbol on it. When i start typing on the physical keyboard a chat bubble sort of floats on top of the screen about 2/3 of the way down.
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I have a Droid running stock 2.2, and neither of these approaches works for me. Holding the menu button only brings up the standard menu once you release the button. Opening the keyboard and typing does absolutely nothing.

You are talking about the standard app called "Email" that has as its icon a white envelope containing a yellow card that reads "@", right?
This isn't working for me either. (Droid on unrooted 2.2). I don't really care as I wouldn't use this function much anyway, but it'd be cool if it worked.
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It definitely doesn't work for me. Very strange.

For those that have it working, when you go to Settings...Applications...Manage applications...All...Email, what version do you have? Mine shows 2.2.
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It definitely doesn't work for me. Very strange.

For those that have it working, when you go to Settings...Applications...Manage applications...All...Email, what version do you have? Mine shows 2.2.
Mine is working and the version is 2.2
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I have a Droid 1 and I have a co-worker with a Droid X. Stock email clients are different between us. I believe the Droid 2 is the same as the X (not positive though).
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anyone trying using the great app Power Search?

I use it often, though not to do emails, but it claims email searching.
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@NTWATSON - I see that typing on the keyboard does automatically take me to a search screen, but it still does not search email from the email app.

@LOCK-N-LOAD - Powersearch has settings that would suggest it searches the email app, but even after giving it all username, password, server info, etc and checking the box to search the email app, it still does not search email.

It seems we still need some suggestions to get this figured out.

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@LOCK-N-LOAD - Powersearch has settings that would suggest it searches the email app, but even after giving it all username, password, server info, etc and checking the box to search the email app, it still does not search email.
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I too created an account just to say thank you to the person who gave the info on searching email! (don't know how to get out of this to go back and get your name - sorry!) I was loving the phone for the most part but was going back to blackberry because I couldn't find squat when I needed it in my email. I constantly use search and had concluded the lack of it was a deal breaker so thank you do much!!!
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You have to enter an inbox, then hit the hardware search key which will bring up a search box.
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I am able to search my local exchange emails but it only seems to search the to: from: and subject. Is there not a way for it to search the body of the text also. I'm coming off an iPhone and I miss that feature and the ability to search on the exchange server not just on the phone.

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thanks. this helped me as well!
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