Why does the mail app search function suck?

Discussion in 'iOS Apps' started by felixen, Jan 31, 2011.

  1. felixen macrumors 6502a

    Apr 13, 2009
    I always noticed that there were some mails I could not find when searching within the mail app. But when I went to gmail.com and searched in there (with the exact same keyword) i've had no problems. It's a little annoying, and I don't get why it even happens..?
  2. Interstella5555 macrumors 603


    Jun 30, 2008
    well, in the mail app you're not actually searching the message body, you're only doing to, from, and subject which, you're right, it pretty sucky.
  3. darkside flow macrumors 6502

    darkside flow

    Aug 11, 2010
    The default setting on the mail app is to only list a certain number of messages, therefore making only those message searchable.

    If you go into the settings and change it to show more messages, you'll likely be able to return all search results instead of those just limited to the messages its displaying.

    The "search on server" function never seems to work for me.
  4. BHP41 macrumors 6502a


    Jul 21, 2010
    United States of America
    This is one reason I haven't gone to MobileMe for mail. I seem to have the same issue there. Gmail, never a issue. This on the computer. it's a apple function that's severly lacking. If their mail was as good as gmail I'd use mobile me, but it's not close.

    On the iphone it's even worse. Search on server never works here either.
  5. felixen thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Apr 13, 2009
    Yeah I really hope they will fix it but it's always been like this

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