Mail and my smartphone


macrumors 6502
Original poster
Aug 28, 2006
So i started using Mail as my email client and ever since I have as long as mail is opened I do not get email on my T-Mobile Dash. Is there a way to get my mail to both of them. I am using Gmail for email.

Thanks in advance.


Moderator emeritus
Apr 27, 2005
San Francisco, CA
Here's your problem. By default, Gmail does not allow multiple downloads for each message (with POP). Therefore, if you have open, it's grabbing the mail before it's delivered to your smartphone.

You have two options to fix this:

First of all, you could switch to IMAP. When dealing with more than one device, IMAP is a much better option. Luckily, Gmail just started offering this service. If you wish to enable IMAP, go to your Gmail account, click settings, and choose the "Forwarding & POP/IMAP" tab. (Remember, you'll have to change the settings on all of your email clients as well.)

With IMAP all of your messages are stored on the server, and read remotely using a email client (like your phone or On the other hand, when using POP, the device physically downloads each message to the device. The only limitation with IMAP is your server storage space, but that's not usually a problem with Gmail.

You could continue using POP, with altered settings. Follow these instructions.

I would recommend switching to IMAP.
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