POP3 syncing across devices?

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

  1. HeadGear macrumors member

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    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

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    POP3 does not sync across devices. You need an IMAP account.
     
  3. /user/me macrumors 6502

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    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

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

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    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

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    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

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

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    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

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    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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