What is the difference between 'Fetch Manually' and 'Manual'?

iStorm

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I'm sure this has been asked before, but I couldn't really find anything about the difference between these two specific options.

I am setting up my email and there are three different options to choose for the schedule: Push, Fetch, & Manual. Under Fetch, there are 4 options: Every 15 Minutes, Every 30 Minutes, Hourly, Manually.

Why is there a Manually option under Fetch when the user could just choose Manual as the schedule? It seems a bit redundant unless there's something I'm missing. Is there anything different between these two options?
 

powerstrokin

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I'm sure this has been asked before, but I couldn't really find anything about the difference between these two specific options.

I am setting up my email and there are three different options to choose for the schedule: Push, Fetch, & Manual. Under Fetch, there are 4 options: Every 15 Minutes, Every 30 Minutes, Hourly, Manually.

Why is there a Manually option under Fetch when the user could just choose Manual as the schedule? It seems a bit redundant unless there's something I'm missing. Is there anything different between these two options?
If set to fetch at a certain frequency, it will only check for emails at that frequency in the background.

If set to fetch manually, it will only check for new emails when you open the app.

Regardless of which option you choose, it will fetch every time you open Mail.

Does that make sense?
 

iStorm

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If set to fetch at a certain frequency, it will only check for emails at that frequency in the background.

If set to fetch manually, it will only check for new emails when you open the app.

Regardless of which option you choose, it will fetch every time you open Mail.

Does that make sense?
Yeah, that makes sense and I've always understood that part. Maybe I didn't explain myself the best. The part I was just a little confused about is that there is also 'Manual' option (where you choose between Push, Fetch, or Manual.) This is separate from Fetch's manual option.
 

powerstrokin

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Yeah, that makes sense and I've always understood that part. Maybe I didn't explain myself the best. The part I was just a little confused about is that there is also 'Manual' option (where you choose between Push, Fetch, or Manual.) This is separate from Fetch's manual option.
It might have to do with multiple accounts. If you set each one individually OR set all to manual...

Say you have two accounts. You want one manual and one to fetch at 15 minutes. ?
 

andyp350

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If you don't specify one of the time intervals and just fave fetch manually then it will only fetch your mail when you tell it to, i.e. when you open the Mail app.
 

C DM

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If you don't specify one of the time intervals and just fave fetch manually then it will only fetch your mail when you tell it to, i.e. when you open the Mail app.
Right, but that can be accomplished by simply setting the retrieval method to Manual vs. Fetch. It seems that the question is basically what's different between selecting Fetch and setting it to Manual vs. simply selecting Manual (instead of Fetch or Push)?
 

andyp350

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Right, but that can be accomplished by simply setting the retrieval method to Manual vs. Fetch. It seems that the question is basically what's different between selecting Fetch and setting it to Manual vs. simply selecting Manual (instead of Fetch or Push)?
I'm a bit confused by whats being asked, I only see the two options for my accounts, Push and Fetch. The manual option is within fetch, so you wither fetch manually or at a time interval.

Edit: ok I see it now, I don't think there is a difference I don't know why there are two different options for the same thing.