issue with gmail / iphone mail / Mac Mail (desktop)

Discussion in 'iPhone Tips, Help and Troubleshooting' started by kmd88, Feb 19, 2013.

  1. kmd88 macrumors newbie

    Feb 19, 2013
    Hoping someone can help me out with this. Sorry it's a bit of a long-winded explanation.

    I have an email account (i.e. which is hosted by gmail.
    1. I access/download using my Mac and Mail, with as server
    2. I manually access/download using my iPhone, with as server
    3. I can access from

    I have found that if a new message is downloaded first by my iPhone, the same mail does not get downloaded to my Mac. If I log into, the message appears as "unread," but it doesn't get downloaded in Mail.

    Messages are only into Mac Mail if they have NOT also been downloaded by my iPhone.

    I also have a regular gmail account and think I have all the same setups ( in Mac Mail, and whatever the automatic settings are for gmail on the iPhone). The regular gmail account works properly -- iPhone downloaded messages are still downloaded to my Mac Mail.

    Any ideas?

  2. swiftaw macrumors 603


    Jan 31, 2005
    Omaha, NE, USA
    It's because you are using POP. POP is terrible if you are accessing email on multiple devices. Can you switch to IMAP instead?
  3. kmd88 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Feb 19, 2013
    I have always used POP this way across multiple devices and different email accounts and never had an issue till now with this new one that is hosted by gmail... I prefer using POP, but will try IMAP for this account...


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