Reading my e-mail on iPhone and computer

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  1. sonogirl macrumors newbie

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    I was wondering, while I an checking and or deleting e-mailing on my iPhone does it show up that it was read from the computer and/or vice versa? If I delete an e-mail from the computer can I still see it in the trash on my iPhone. Just wondering how this all comes together.
     
  2. aforty macrumors 65816

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    Yes if you use an IMAP or Exchange server. No if you use POP. :)
     
  3. RafaelT macrumors 65816

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    If you are using the IMAP protocol, yes. A simple explanation is everything is stored on the server and synced from there.

    POP 3, no. Everything is local.
     
  4. sonogirl thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Ok, dumb question, how do I find out which one I am using?
     
  5. aforty macrumors 65816

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    How did you setup your email?

    If you set it up by manually typing in your email server then post the server here. If you used the wizard and selected "Gmail" or "Yahoo" then I'm pretty sure it uses IMAP. Tell us what you did.
     
  6. sonogirl thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I use Aol. I just cluck on mail settings and where it said add account. I put it in along with my password.
     
  7. RafaelT macrumors 65816

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    If you go to...

    Settings -> Mail -> Select the account under accounts

    Look above where it says account info. At least with IMAP it says IMAP above where it says "Account Info" if you are using it.

    Look right above where it says account info in the attached picture.

    Does yours show anything there?

    EDIT: I would imagine AOL uses IMAP.
     

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  8. aforty macrumors 65816

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    AOL uses IMAP.
     
  9. sonogirl thread starter macrumors newbie

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  10. aforty macrumors 65816

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    Outgoing server is always SMTP.

    AOL uses IMAP. So if you read something on your iPhone it will become "read" on your computer and vice versa.
     
  11. sonogirl thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Are you sure because I delete a bunch ofe-mails on my phone and the they still show up as new mail on my desktop?
     
  12. aforty macrumors 65816

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    Well your desktops mail client also has to use IMAP. If you're using the AOL software then I'm not sure how you would check. If you're using Outlook or something along those lines (a standalone mail client) then you can figure it out by again looking at which server it is configured to connect to.
     
  13. RafaelT macrumors 65816

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    Also just to add to that, if your mail client on your computer is open while you delete an email on the iphone, you may have to close then re open or refresh your email client on the computer to have it reflect those changes.
     
  14. aforty macrumors 65816

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    Yea that's why I said it may take a few minutes. I have Mail setup for gmail on IMAP and it certainly syncs up if I read a message on my iPhone/iPad instead but it takes however long the server is setup to "refresh" (i.e. check for new messages). But not all mail clients are created equal, I've seen mail clients using IMAP ignore the read statuses of existing messages which seems kind of dumb if you ask me.
     

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