POP3 syncing across devices?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by HeadGear, Mar 5, 2012.

  1. HeadGear macrumors member

    Feb 21, 2012
    First I have Yahoo Bizmail and it's on my MacBook Air, iMac and iPhone 4S. Anytime I check my e-mail from any one of these devices the other 2 devices "time-out" for 15 minutes. If I delete an e-mail on any one of them it does not delete from the rest.

    I was told at Apple that POP3 can sync between all devices you just have to setup the settings correctly.

    Does anyone know what I might be missing?
  2. miles01110 macrumors Core


    Jul 24, 2006
    The Ivory Tower (I'm not coming down)
    POP3 does not sync across devices. You need an IMAP account.
  3. /user/me macrumors 6502

    Feb 28, 2011
    POP3 downloads the messages to your machine. since they're no longer on the mail server, then they can't sync with anything else....
  4. HeadGear thread starter macrumors member

    Feb 21, 2012
    That's what I thought, sucks the Apple guy informed me incorrectly guess he was just trying to appease me.
  5. ChristianVirtual macrumors 601


    May 10, 2010
    I kind of simulated that half way:
    One machine was the "lead" with the full history of my mails in POP3; on other devices I configured the mail client in a way not to delete from server.
    This way you could until the lead system downloaded the POP3 mails see them on all devices.

    To be clear: that's really an emergency solution and I replaced it with an IMAP setup on my own domain. But if you don't have IMAP it might help
  6. drsox macrumors 65816


    Apr 29, 2011
    There are some options.
    In the advanced settings of my POP3 account it does offer :
    Leave a copy of each message on server - checkbox yes/no
    Delete copies from the server - After Deleting From This Computer/Never/After One Day/Week/Month.

    So you can see the same emails on different machines - I can on my MBA and my iPad.
    BUT there is no automatic synching between devices - you have to do this yourself.

    What I used to do was to look at the day's emails on my iPad and then manage them on my MBA. This got to be a pain so I only look at my POP3 emails on the MBA and let my iCloud account IMAP emails sych automatically. So I have yet to decide whether to use the POP3 account or the iCloud account for all emails.
  7. Ccrew macrumors 68020

    Feb 28, 2011
    Unless of course you have the option in the mail client to leave the messages on the server
  8. HeadGear thread starter macrumors member

    Feb 21, 2012
    I have it setup to leave a copy of each message on the server but they just don't sync simultaneously.

    I think I'm just going to switch over to G-Mail business Class e-mail for $50 a year to save the hassle.

  9. shootist macrumors regular

    Dec 8, 2011
    You can set the mail program to Leave A Copy on the server for X Number of days. That way what ever computer or other device you have setup to get the mail from a POP account will get the same mail for those X Number of days.

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