Disabling a folder tree.


macrumors regular
Original poster
Aug 27, 2006
Minneapolis, USA
Hi. I'm using my iphone to access my schools exchange server (through imap). Since the patch, I now see all my folders i've created for classes and such.

In every school account, there is one called, public folders, and it is just that, public folders. Think of it as every professor, every class, every topic folders that is rarly, if at all used. The entire folder tree (which,, lets say takes about 2 minutes of constent 'flicking' to reach the bottom) shows up on the iphone.

I was wondering if there was a way to just disable that folder tree from the iphone. I have since renamed all my folders with an alpha above "p" so I don't have to spend 2 minutes scrolling, but it would be nice to disable them all together.

Thanks in advance.


macrumors member
Jul 20, 2007
Disabling a folder tree

I have the same issue and have entered a feature request for the iPhone to Apple. In most clients (either desktop or mobile), folders are "subscribed to" and only those which are explicityly subscribed are shown. I don't think there is a way to do this on the iPhone - I also have never found a way to do this on OSX mail.app either which is probably the root for iPhone mail. I've thought about mirroring a second account (with a subset of the folders), but that has a whole set of problems as well. Maybe if enough people put on a request to Apple, they will enhance the email client to support selectable IMAP folder subscriptions.