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  1. #1

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    Apr 12, 2008
    Delete mail on iPhone
    Hi all,
    Can someone educate me on this.
    It would appear that when I delete an email from my iPhone, it is immediately deleted from that account on the ISP server.
    Is this the normal function?
    If so, is it possible to delete mail from iPhone, but leave it on the server?
    Any help appreciated.


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    dtravis7's Avatar
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    Jan 04, 2005
    Modesto, Ca.
    Configure Apple iOS (iPad / iPhone / iPod Touch) Device

    Talks about that setting toward the bottom of the page.

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    Member Since
    Apr 12, 2008
    Thanks for the reply but.....
    i know about that setting (delete from server) and I have it set to "never".
    Yet my emails are being deleted.

  4. #4
    If you are using an IMAP server, then what you do on the iPhone (read, forwarded, deleted) is replicated on the server.

  5. #5

    Member Since
    Apr 12, 2008
    I am using POP3 not IMAP. So I'm still confused as to why my emails get deleted from my ISP server when I delete them on my iPhone4

  6. #6
    POP3 is designed for email to be handled by a single machine. Through preferences, you can set it to handle the concept of more than one machine, but that's not really what it was designed for.

    So, in POP, one of the machines that is checking the email is the "primary machine," the one that after IT checks the email, the email is deleted off the server (remember -- POP is not designed to store email on the server, no matter what prefs you have set, and ISPs have different rules about whether they will store ANY of your email -- and for how long -- once your primary machine has accessed it).

    It sounds like the root of the problem is that your iPhone 4 has become the primary machine.

    I'm sure someone more familiar with the intricacies of POP3 manipulation can find a solution to the problem, but in the meantime just set your email account (via the webmail interface) to forward everything to a free GMail IMAP account, and set your machines to all check the IMAP account only. Problem solved permanently.

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