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Push imap idle for non-gmail accounts ?Support

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  1. cdl

    cdl Well-Known Member

    Hi all,

    does the built-in email app support imap idle on an 'ordinary' (i.e. not exchange, gmail, yahoo, hotmail etc) imap mail server? Or is k-9 email the only way to go for imap idle on an Android?


  2. spottyelephant

    spottyelephant Well-Known Member

    I just went to add another email account there.

    First it offers three options; Pop3, Imap, or Exchange.

    On clicking Imap I have the fields:

    - username
    - password
    - imap server
    - port
    - security type (ssl, tls, accept all certificates)
    - imap path prefix

    Havent tried it because i don't have an imap email a/c, but hope that helps.
  3. cdl

    cdl Well-Known Member

    Thank you for checking out the settings, that's very kind of you.
    Unfortunately these options are not sufficient to understand if imap idle is supported or not. Thanks anyway!

  4. spottyelephant

    spottyelephant Well-Known Member

    It's a risk on your part i know, but if you wanted to PM me details of A) an existing Imap account or B) setup a dummy one for me to check, then I could see if it works for you...
  5. cdl

    cdl Well-Known Member

    SpottyElephant was kind enough to test an imap connection for me. We (he, actually!) found that imap idle is not supported in the standard email client, which can poll every 5 mins but not keep an active connection.
    He also verified that emails deleted from the mobile are deleted from the imap server, too.

    However, k-9 email (freeware) supports imap idle.

    Spotty, thanks a lot for your availability! Hope this information can be useful to others, too.
  6. spottyelephant

    spottyelephant Well-Known Member

    No problemo. Hopefully it'll work for ye once you join our ranks!
  7. Tryshasla

    Tryshasla New Member


    You can also use an app called 'IMAP Push'. It's a little app I made recently. You can find it in the Market, or click the link below...

  8. masirov

    masirov New Member

    so we understnad that it is impossible to get mails pushed with built-in email client any IMAP mails?

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