mail - delete from iphone when deleted from server...

Discussion in 'iPhone Tips, Help and Troubleshooting' started by btownguy, Jun 21, 2009.

  1. btownguy macrumors 6502a

    Jun 18, 2009
    How can I set my iPhone mail to delete an email when it checks the server and sees that an email is no longer there? For example:

    1) Check email on iPhone and there are 2 new messages.
    2) Get home, fire up Outlook which pulls down the emails and deletes them from the server.
    3) Check email from iPhone again. It should now see that those emails are no longer on the server and then delete them from my iPhone email inbox.

    My WinMo device used to do this. Can this be done with the iPhone?
  2. dvdhsu macrumors 6502a


    Mar 28, 2008
    Palo Alto, CA
    Doesn't it do that by itself?
    Just refresh, and it shouldn't be there anymore.
    That's what happens to me, at least, with GMail.
  3. flightsimmer macrumors newbie

    Jul 7, 2008
    O'Fallon, IL
    It actually depends on your mail server and how the iPhone retrieves the messages.

    On my Gmail account, it syncs with the phone. If I check a message or delete one, it updates to my online account instantly.

    On the other hand, my Hotmail account (upgraded to the pay account for POP access) always sees messages as new when they hit the phone. When I read / delete them, that status just updates on the phone only, not online. I have also noticed that when I receive a new message in my inbox, read it online, then check the mail on the phone it comes in as a new message with the unread tag flagged.
  4. ohio.emt macrumors 6502a

    Jul 18, 2008
    If you can you need to use IMAP not POP3, if you e-mail service allows it, to get desired effect.
  5. tivoboy macrumors 68040

    May 15, 2005
    imap or better

    This will only work with imap or other, not pop accounts. Pop doesn't have any sort of sync like that.

    AND, apple doesn't offer a delete from server feature on any of their mail clients, so that you could take it down on the iphone with pop, delete on the IPHONE and have it deleted from the server.
  6. btownguy thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Jun 18, 2009
    I have my email at GoDaddy and I used POP3 on my AT&T Tilt and it actually did delete locally when it saw email had been deleted from the server. I was using POP3.
  7. BaldiMac macrumors 604


    Jan 24, 2008
    I do not believe that is possible with the POP3 protocol.
  8. tivoboy macrumors 68040

    May 15, 2005

    interesting, since that isn't part of the pop protocol.

    So, you DL'd mail on your Tilt, via a pop port?

    somewhere else, on another client, you DL'd mail and deleted it, and then sync'd back to the server after having deleted that mail from the same local client?

    then, DL'd mail on the Tilt again, through the same pop ports, and the mail which was deleted on a different client disappeared from your Tilt inbox, without any additional input?

    I'd like to know what ports and pop addresses are for this please, just to understand?
  9. btownguy thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Jun 18, 2009
    I don't remember the ports, and I don't have the Tilt on me, but here is the order of events:

    1) I get an email on the server and I check my email from my Tilt. It pulls down the email to the Tilt, but leaves it on the server.

    2) I get home from work, fire up Outlook, and it downloads the email from the server. Outlook is set to remove from the server once the email has been downloaded.

    3) I check my email from my Tilt, and it removes the email from the Tilt email inbox since it is no longer on the server. The Tilt would always just show a window of what is on the server.

    The incoming server I was using was
    The outgoing server was
  10. BaldiMac macrumors 604


    Jan 24, 2008
    I'm pretty sure that you are confused about how either this was set up or how it worked. I do not believe that what you describe is possible using only POP3.
  11. btownguy thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Jun 18, 2009
    I can absolutely guarantee that it did work this way. I used it that way for about 18 months. I will have to take a look at my port settings, but I know it was POP and that when something was deleted from the server either through webmail or when downloaded to Outlook, it would then automatically delete from my Tilt POP inbox. Maybe GoDaddy was doing something special through a different port or something? But I know it worked this way, I wasn't paying for IMAP or hosted Exchange, and that my server was

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