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    Email syncing between iPhone and iMac
    When I delete an email using my iPhone, my iMac doesn't seem to know it: the mail alert stays on. I have to access the email separately on my iMac to delete it from there.
    How can I correct this? Thank you very much!

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    You are connecting to your Email server over a POP connection, so any changes on one device are not reflected on another. You should unlink and reconnect use the IMAP connection whereby your actions on one device will be immediately reflected on all connected devices.
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    Email syncing between iPhone and iMac
    ferrarr's Avatar
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    It’s usually IMAP vs POP3. Who is the provider? They should have directions on their website, for the proper configuration.
    -- Bob --
    Please backup. Everything has a life cycle, unexpected and warning free. Nothing will last as long as you want it to.

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    Email syncing between iPhone and iMac
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    By changing your Mail protocol to IMAP from POP3. You will need to do that with your email provider as it requires a change in your account with them. IMAP is designed to be used when you have more than one device that you access email from. Removing an email message from your iPhone will likewise remove it from your Mac if you use IMAP.

    However, make sure you understand how IMAP works first before changing over.

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    Sorry -- I really don't mean to be lazy, but there's much here I don't know how to do. How do I know which of the device (iMac? phone? both??) is or isn't already connected to email via POP3 and which by IPOP? If I check on the desktop in Mail there is a list of "Internet Accounts", but I can't seem to get to the "Which POP?" information. (I use 1 Gmail acct and one AOL acct.) On my iPhone SE in "Settings -> Accounts & Passwords", I see a checklist-menu of what each account can be used for (Mail and Contacts in my case) but not a way to delve deeper.

    I am sorry -- I know this is really basic stuff, but I'm at a loss as to how to obey the instructions in these replies, even though I use both iMac and phone constantly! And also at a loss as to how to "go" somewhere online that would tell me how to obey them.

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    Email syncing between iPhone and iMac
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    Just access your account on line. For gmail, all you have to do is log on to their web mail and go to settings. You can probably do the same thing for AOL. You can accomplish the same from your iPhone but I find it much easier to access accounts from a Mac.

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    Email syncing between iPhone and iMac
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    Never be shy about not knowing things. We all started out that way and some of us have still a long way to go

    In addition to the excellent advice given already, one quick and easy way to determine whether your account(s) is POP3 or IMAP is to:

    On your iMac, Open Mail, then go into Mail Preferences - the easiest way to do this is to hold down the Command key and whilst doing so, tap on the Comma key (Cmd plus ,) or you can Click on Mail on the top menu bar, then choose Preferences from the drop down list.

    Once done, Click on accounts - as in the screenshot below. On the left you will see your accounts and underneath each will be the the word POP or IMAP. In my case, both show IMAP.

    Screen Shot 2018-10-23 at 8.54.09 am??.png

    That's a reasonable starting point. This advice should be seen as additional to that already given.

    Ian
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