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How can I stop my iPad deleting gmails from their servers?

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Jul 25, 2012 2:59 PM

I have an iMac and Mail with which I have happily been downloading mail from some gmail accounts.  I have the setting "Remove copy from server after retrieving a message" unchecekd so, as I want, downloaded messages remain available on the gmail servers.


However, now I have an iPad, I find that when that downloads an email from gmail, it deletes the server copy - which I do not want.


But I can't find any setting on the iPad where I can stop this happening!


The only work-round I can think of is to stop downloading gmails to my iPad, which rather defeats the purpose of having a mobile device!


How can I ensure that copies remain on gmails servers unles and until I deliberately delete them?



iPad, iOS 5.1, 64GB 4g
  • Thom_D Level 3 Level 3 (970 points)

    Do you have the standard gmail account set up on your iPad or did you set it up as an exchange account?

  • Diavonex Level 9 Level 9 (58,655 points)

    Settings>Mail, Contacts, Calendars>tap on email account>turn Archieve Messages On



  • readenden Calculating status...

    I was searching for an answer because I noticed this same problem.


    In reading the replies and playing with my iMac and the iPad side by side I realized what the "Archive Messages-on" does.


    When I deleted a message off the ipad, it wouldn't be in the folder I had been in looking on the iMac.  However, if I went to the "All Mail" folder in gmail (which is diferent than the inbox) I could find the message.  So what I thought was the delete (or trash) button was really the "remove from this folder" button.


    To clean messages off the iPad I may make a folder that I move the messages to to get them out of the inbox.  A work in progress.


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