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  1. alect

    alect Active Member This Topic's Starter

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    I have just moved over from a Blackberry to an HTC Desire.

    So one of the primary things I am trying to figure out is email.

    What I am used to on Blackberry:

    • email comes instantly to my blackberry
    • I read the email and either leave it or delete it (or reply)
    • If I leave it it stays on my email server and when I get home and download my email it's there- if I delete it, then it's deleted and when I get home I don't have to deal with it when I download my email
    • if I delete email using my home/desktop then it is also deleted off my blackberry inbox (in time once it syncs)

    So I guess this sort of synching is not possible with gmail or pop email?

    I set up the gmail pop3 fetcher, but when I read or delete emails in gmail it isn't reflected back on my mail server account.

    I also tried setting up the Mail app on the handset - and it pulls my mail from my mail server fine, but whatever I do to the email is not reflected back on my mail server.

    So is there a way to achieve what I want to do - ie when I deal with an email (either on the handset or my desktop/laptop) it flows through and is reflected on the other so I don't have to deal with the email again a second time on the other device?

    I guess I could set up my email to IMAP and use the mail client and K-9? Or do I keep the gmail pop fetcher and change my desktop/laptop to downdload mail from gmail instead of my mail server?
     

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    lexluthor Well-Known Member

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    I think you'd be much happier just using IMAP. The default mail app doesn't support IMAP? K9 certain does and will do all of the above that you listed.
     
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    alect Active Member This Topic's Starter

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    DOes gmail support IMAP - ie can it be run as an IMAP server version? I also assume I can confine my inbox to being sync'd via IMAP and not all of the other folders I have in my laptop email client already?
     
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    Yes, gmail has supported IMAP for quite a while. With K9, yes, you can choose to only sync your inbox. That's what I did.

    I had the Incredible and am now waiting for an X. The Incredible's gmail app adhered more to the whole labels type thing that gmail does, but K9 (and I think the HTC Mail app) treats the labels more like folders. I prefer the later, but try both and see. Should be pretty easy to set up.

    You definitely want to start using IMAP.
     
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    alect Active Member This Topic's Starter

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    Ok I have set up gmail as IMAP and it's fetching the POP mail from my server.

    everything seems to be working fine except one thing - when I retriend my IMAP mail in my laptop client (Outlook) from gmail I get the email but a copy of it is not retained on gmail (at least not in the Inbox).

    I have even specified in the outlook account settings for gmail to keep copies of email on server when retrieving - but this hasn't made a difference.

    Any ideas how I can make this happen - I want to be able to retrieve IMAP mail from gmail using outlook but also leaving a copy of that email in the gmail inbox in case I have to access it from the web (away from my laptop). When I delete the email in my outlook client, I then also want that email deleted from the gmail Inbox.
     

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