Anal-retentive question

Discussion in 'iPad' started by GLS, Nov 24, 2010.

  1. GLS macrumors 6502

    Jun 26, 2010
    After upgrading my iPad today to 4.2.1 (full restore, then start from scratch) I was setting up my 5 email accounts. Something that has perplexed me, but I really have never searched for a possible solution (until now, because I just didn't think about it) was the order the accounts appear in both the settings-mail,contacts and calendars AND under mailboxes in the mail app.

    The accounts are not alphabetized. I've tried deleting and recreating them in order of alphabetization, etc. The only thing that is constant is my Mobileme account is the top one (no matter what, and I have a pretty good idea why this is so.) The remaining 4 accounts are all Google based, both Google Apps and regular Gmail accounts. this one of the quirks of iOS that I will endure, or is there a method of rearranging the accounts to my liking...
  2. saberahul macrumors 68040

    Nov 6, 2008
    Accounts are arranged according to FCFS basis. Mobile Me will always display on top - after that its based on your order. So if you set up AOL, then Gmail, then Yahoo, then MobileMe - your list will show:

    -- at least that is how it has been and still is on my iPad - and I've tried every combo possible.
  3. Jakeblu macrumors regular

    Feb 20, 2008
    Not on my iPad. My domain name email (Google Apps based) is top of the pile with my MobileMe account below that
  4. Nhwhazup macrumors 68020


    Sep 2, 2010
    New Hampshire
    My accounts show in this order. Not sure why but maybe due to when the accounts were started.

  5. colmaclean macrumors 68000


    Jan 6, 2004
    The accounts are shown in the order they were set up, so your first account is at the top etc.

    It's very annoying you can't change the order!

    Especially when my MobileMe got fudged and I had to delete and recreate it. It then appeared at the bottom of my list, so I had to delete and recreate all the other accounts to return to my original layout. :mad:
  6. HelveticaNeue macrumors 6502a


    Apr 24, 2010
    In the Mail app my accounts are: Work Domain, Personal Domain, MobileMe. In 3.2, the list is Settings was identical, but after upgrading to 4.2 the list in Settings changed to: MobileMe, Work, Personal. My guess is that MobileMe is now always on top in Settings but should appear in Mail in the order the accounts were created.

    The OP said they tried setting them up in the order they wanted, but that it didn't work. I don't set my accounts up on the iPad itself, so I have no knowledge of this issue. I know there is a procedure to getting the accounts in order through syncing:

    1) Go to your iPad in iTunes. Click the Info tab. Scroll down to Mail accounts. Uncheck all accounts except the one you want to appear first in the list. Sync.
    2)Check the second account you want listed. Sync.
    3)Repeat step 2 for all accounts. MobileMe will likely still appear on top in Settings, but in its rightful place in Mail

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