Gmail Question - how to stop old mail from being d/l'd?

Discussion in 'iPhone Tips, Help and Troubleshooting' started by Chupa Chupa, Nov 5, 2007.

  1. Chupa Chupa macrumors G5

    Chupa Chupa

    Jul 16, 2002
    When I get my GMail via the iPhone (set up a POP acct) it wants to d/l every email I've ever received. Is there a way to stop this madness and tell the iPhone to only get email from a certain time forward? I've monkeyed around with all the iPhone and Gmail settings. Nothing works to prevent old mail from being d/l'd.
  2. byakuya macrumors 6502a


    Jul 26, 2007
    if I remember correctly you can set up your pop access in gmail (via webbrowser) under settings -> pop imap (not 100% sure) but the option were limited...I think you can only choose between "all mail" and "download only mail starting today"
  3. Chupa Chupa thread starter macrumors G5

    Chupa Chupa

    Jul 16, 2002
    Yeah, I've had it set up as a POP account for a couple years, and since I got the iPhone have it marked "download only mail starting today." The problem is that my iPhone still wants to d/l mail from months ago. That is what is driving me mad.
  4. phaggard macrumors regular

    Sep 28, 2007
    You get all the new mail every time you hit "Get" mail. If you never hit "Get" mail and set auto check it will only download new emails. Don't know why.
  5. patrickvanzandt macrumors member

    Sep 19, 2007
    With GMail's recently released IMAP connectivity, why not just forget about POP and use IMAP?
  6. mikahopity macrumors member

    Jun 28, 2007
    IMAP does the same BS for me.... that didn't fix the issue.

    The easiest thing to do? READ all 50 (or 25 depending on your settings) current emails, and then the iphone will only download new messages. If it only displays 50 (or 25!) at a time, it will not keep downloading those old messages.

    Delete 1, it downloads 1 old one. Read 1, it does nothing.
  7. isleofjib macrumors regular

    Jan 21, 2007
    check the preferences in your gmail account settings. i believe there is an option to check which messages get downloaded with you're setting up POP including whether to download all messages on the server or only new messages. that should help you out.

    as to IMAP, it will keep the info sync'ed between the phone and gmail so everything you do in your phone, gets done at the server. this means that all messages in your account will download/show in your phone the first time you log into it from your. not like pop which lets you delete a message on your phone (or email reader) while leaving the message unread and still on the server.

    i have to agree, that setting it up for imap is prolly the way to go (it is for me at least). if you read a message on your phone, then log into gmail, it shows as read there, too. makes it easier to keep track of what i've read regardless of where i read it.

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