Change from POP to IMAP in iPhone 5

Discussion in 'iOS 6' started by rickylkmlkm, May 29, 2013.

  1. rickylkmlkm macrumors newbie

    May 29, 2013
    Hi I lost all e-mails on the server after change my set up in all my devices from POP to IMAP. What can I do to find out all my e-mails? Any chance to locate my emails? Or it is 100% not recoverable?

  2. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    Did you change it from POP to IMAP or IMAP to POP. With POP, the emails are downloaded to the device/computer and are off the server, where as IMAP stays on the server.

    Did you reset the configuration to see if they're still there but the iPhone cannot see them? It might be that your email provider does not provide IMAP and so setting it to IMAP means its not getting the emails, i.e., not seeing them.

    Finally, this question is best asked of your email host, I'd reach out to them on getting your emails back
  3. MrMacMack macrumors 6502a

    Oct 24, 2012
    Who's the email service provider ( i.e Gmail, Yahoo, etc)
  4. takeshi74 macrumors 601

    Feb 9, 2011
    Email is probably gone unless you have it sitting on another client (dekstop/laptop, etc). As stated above, POP server does not retain email unless you've configured your clients to leave mail on the server. Definitely check with your email host.
  5. rickylkmlkm thread starter macrumors newbie

    May 29, 2013
    Thanks for all your help guys! My e-mail host said they couldn't see the old e-mails. He asked me to check if there's any possibility to recover the e-mail from my i-phone or MAC pro. I downloads e-mail with POP setting before so all e-mails were downloads to my MAC and iPhone but unfortunately I changed to IMAP few days ago. All e-mails gone!!!!! I have had my time machine back up about 2 weeks ago. How can I locate e-mails from the hard drive? Is there any e-mails back up in my hard drive?
  6. crucius macrumors regular

    Apr 4, 2010
    If you have a backup, you will probably get them back if you revert. Your Mail app on your Mac would still have the same definitions, and probably the emails as well.
  7. MrMacMack macrumors 6502a

    Oct 24, 2012
    If you have time machine backup then you're in good shape just revert back to the point in time prior to switching and your emails should all be there.

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