Is there a way to only delete emails on the device, but keep them in Outlook/Exchang?

Discussion in 'iPhone Tips, Help and Troubleshooting' started by japjoe7, Feb 11, 2011.

  1. macrumors member

    Jan 28, 2011
    Simple and straight forward question with hopefully a easy answer. I do NOT want emails I delete on my iPhone to be delete from my Outlook/exchange account. Is there a way to only delete emails on the device, but keep them in Outlook? I want the same email functionality as a blackberry, I can choose to delete my email on the device only or delete it to the exchange account as well.
  2. macrumors newbie

    Feb 11, 2011
    If you have a POP3 e-mail service, you can choose to have it so your emails don't get deleted on the server when you delete it from a client. Basically the mail would be downloaded to your phone from the server, and then the messages are just downloaded files on your device. If you would like to delete the emails, you would have to get on your official email providers webmail client and delete them there.

    If you are looking for a way to separate this from your iPhone and your Outlook, I can't think of a way this would work.

    Hope this helped.
  3. thread starter macrumors member

    Jan 28, 2011
    Thanks for the info. I'll have to check and see if our Exchange server is setup for POP3.
  4. macrumors 65816


    Jan 2, 2011
    If you open your email account settings (for that particular account) on your phone, do you have a selection for "Archive Messages?
    I'm not using exchange, but IMAP, which is similar, does have that setting.
  5. thread starter macrumors member

    Jan 28, 2011
    No, I dont have that option. I don't have it setup as an IMAP, I have it setup as an exchange account.
  6. macrumors 65816

    Jul 17, 2010
    You could set it up to sync only so many days in the past. For example, after three days, a message would no longer show on the device but still be on the server.
  7. japjoe7, Feb 16, 2011
    Last edited: Feb 16, 2011

    thread starter macrumors member

    Jan 28, 2011
    So, my resolution was to setup my exchange account as a POP3 account this way I can delete the email and not worry about losing what I have on my exchange account. Only problem is that it's not instant delivery, ugg!
  8. macrumors 68030


    Feb 13, 2011
    Baltimore, Maryland
    You could go back to an IMAP/Exchange setup, create a new folder, and move the mail you don't want to see in your inbox to that folder.

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