1. mnl's Avatar
    hi. I recently switched from a blackberry to an iPhone 4 S and the action to delete e-mails on the iPhone is inconsistent. I have the iphone mail settings arranged so that deleting mails from my inbox deletes them from the POP server; my objective is to delete multiple e-mails using the edit function on the iphone so they do not show up in my pop-based e-mail in my desktop Outlook.

    sometimes deleting the mails does remove them from the mailbox on the server and other times it does not. This is particularly annoying when I delete a hundred junk e-mails and then they come into my Outlook anyway.

    Has anyone seen this behavior and can you recommend something for me to deal with it please?

    01-16-2012 07:59 AM
  2. Alli's Avatar
    With pop3 you have to connect to your server to complete the action. So you must first delete the email on your iPhone and then connect to your server by manually polling for email to physically delete them from the server.

    It would be a whole lot easier to use this as the perfect excuse to switch to IMAP or Exchange.
    01-16-2012 08:17 AM
  3. mnl's Avatar
    hi thank you for your response. I am going to move away from pop to, probably, Google apps but in the meantime I have this pop problem. My mechanics are that I download the mail, press edit, designate the e-mails I want to delete, and then press the delete button. Is it necessary for me to clear out all of my e-mails before I download and delete? If I understand you properly, that's what I have to do but the updating of the emails on the phone is essentially the same thing.

    the weird thing is that sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn't. And, by the way, I have the same issue with my iPad. am i missing something?
    01-16-2012 08:57 AM
  4. Alli's Avatar
    After you press the delete button, you have to sync to the server again - hit the refresh button, or poll for new email. It's a pop3 issue, not an iOS issue.
    01-16-2012 04:58 PM
  5. takeshi's Avatar
    ^ This. The POP server isn't updated until the next time your device's mail app polls the server. You're seing "inconsistent" (they're not inconsistent if you think it through) results for that reason. Sometimes the server is polled before you get to Outlook, sometime's it's not.
    01-16-2012 10:10 PM
  6. Peligro911's Avatar
    Does your email provider offer imap or exchange settings ?

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    01-16-2012 11:07 PM