stopping iPhone from getting old gmail messages?

Discussion in 'iPhone Tips, Help and Troubleshooting' started by Rus Shackleford, Sep 9, 2007.

  1. Rus Shackleford macrumors regular

    Oct 1, 2003
    NC, US
    Hey there...i had this corrected before it had to re-set my iphone today...I have the mail settings on the iphone to show 25 recent messages. When i delete some, it keeps going back to my gmail account and loading the next oldest mails. I'd like to be able to delete messages and then have the iphone only get new ones? What setting am i missing?
  2. martinmartin macrumors 6502

    Jun 5, 2007
    I would also like to know the answer to this.

    Just bought the iphone today and everytime I delete gmail messages on the phone, it just goes and downloads 25 more...
  3. Racktacular macrumors regular

    Oct 13, 2006
    Me too. It constantly searches for e-mails even though I set the option to look for e-mail manually. Whenever I delete them it goes through the archived e-mails and brings them up. Pretty dumb if you ask me. Surely someone knows how to avoid this issue.
  4. Cashmonee macrumors 65816


    May 27, 2006
    In the advanced settings for Gmail, you have to turn the Recent feature off. That worked for me.
  5. Racktacular macrumors regular

    Oct 13, 2006
    Hmmm, I tries that but all it seemed to do was bring up older e-mails.
  6. Racktacular macrumors regular

    Oct 13, 2006
    Since no one wants to reply. What I did to see if it would take of the issue (which it does) is set up a new yahoo account. Set GMail to forward all mail to the yahoo account. Set the iPhone to receive new email from the Yahoo account. And bingo, e-mail on your iPhone forwarded from GMail, read off of Yahoo without the iPhone continally searching for old mail.

    Not sure why you have to go this route, but seems as though you do.
  7. Ramsos macrumors regular


    Nov 13, 2002
    Oakland, California
    I had a similar experience with my webmail form a website and I ha to delete over 500 emails from my iPhone because the server saves everything and I have no sever access.:(
  8. breathmint macrumors newbie

    Sep 11, 2007
    thimble island

    I, too, was having this problem and think I finally found (a strange) solution!! It's sort of annoying but you'll only have to do it once to fix things.

    First of all, make sure you have Recent Mode turned on. Now set your mail settings to 200 Most Recent. In your advanced settings make sure you have the "Delete Messages: Remove" setting to anything other than "Never"... I used "After One Day" (BE SURE NOT TO CHANGE THE "DELETE FROM SERVER" setting, though... otherwise you will lose your messages for real!!!).

    When your Gmail updates it will only download the first 50 messages. Now delete them all (or at least whichever ones you don't want/need anymore. More than likely this will be enough for it to realize you don't want any more messages, or the recent setting somehow discriminates how old a message cna be to be sent to your iPhone, because once this happened I didn't get any more messages. In fact, there was a "Get 50 More Messages" button in my inbox, but clicking it didn't get me any more messages, it actually just caused that button to go away after a reboot!! If you find that more messages DO come in, just delete those too, you probably just have more "recent" messages than I did !!

    I know this is a pain, but I am 90% sure it will work ! Now I only get new messages to my iPhone... In summary:

    01)Settings>Mail>Gmail>Advanced>Deleted Messages: Remove After One Day
    02)Settings>Mail>Gmail>Advanced>Delete From Server: Never
    03)Settings>Mail>Gmail>Advanced>Use Recent Mode: On
    04)Settings>Mail>Messages>Show: 200 Recent Messages
    05)Mail>Gmail>Inbox... Update and download messages
    06)Delete all the messages
    07)If/when you see "Get More Messages..." click it
    08)If more messages come delete them too
    09)That should do it!!!

    Please let me know if this works for everyone else too !!

  9. turiya macrumors newbie

    Sep 12, 2007
    I didn't see this thread right away, but I posted a thread that details my setup suggestions to prevent getting old mail.


    On GMail:
    1. Log in via a web browser on your PC.
    2. At the very top of the page, on the right hand side, click the "Settings" link.
    3. Click "Forwarding and POP."
    4. Under "POP Download," select "Enable POP only for mail that arrives from now on."
    *** Note: If you've set up POP before, you may have an older date listed where it says "Status." If you're using POP with another client (on your PC, perhaps), this may break that functionality. However, if you only use POP on your iPhone, this will prevent the iPhone from downloading older mail.

    Your mileage may vary.

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