10 Replies Latest reply: Jan 14, 2014 8:04 AM by Allan Sampson
chidenboul719 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

I want my email accounts to be set up as IMAP, yet I don't want emails that I delete on my iPhone to be deleted on the server.  There is an advanced setting dealing with "Delete Emails from Server" when you have the account set up as POP, but not when you have the account set up as IMAP.  Why?  Is it possible to have an IMAP account that does NOT delete emails from teh server when you delete them from your phone?

 

Thanks


iPhone 5, iOS 6
  • 1. Re: IMAP - don't delete from server?
    wjosten Level 10 Level 10 (93,285 points)

    That's the way IMAP works. Some IMAP providers have an Archive feature(Gmail), where deleted messages are sent to an archive folder, but leaving on the server is not possible with an IMAP account.

  • 2. Re: IMAP - don't delete from server?
    Allan Sampson Level 10 Level 10 (123,340 points)

    No.

     

    The setting you referred to with a POP account is for removing messages from the server after being downloaded.

     

    All server stored mailboxes with an IMAP account are kept symchronized with the server with each email client used to access the account. This is the nature and design/standards of an IMAP account which cannot be changed.

  • 3. Re: IMAP - don't delete from server?
    chidenboul719 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Thanks to both of you for your responses.  Question - is this specfic to Apple/iOS?  I ask because my brother (an IT guy who understands this lingo much better than I) is on an Android and has an IMAP email account, yet when he deletes emails on his phone they do not delete on the server. 

  • 4. Re: IMAP - don't delete from server?
    Allan Sampson Level 10 Level 10 (123,340 points)

    That is with a Gmail account.

     

    This is not specific to Apple/iOS. There are standards with an email account type. This is the standard, nature, and design with an IMAP account with any email client.

     

    Do a Google or internet search for IMAP vs POP.

  • 5. Re: IMAP - don't delete from server?
    wjosten Level 10 Level 10 (93,285 points)

    Nope, that's the way IMAP works.

  • 6. Re: IMAP - don't delete from server?
    chidenboul719 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Thanks again - I must have misunderstood.  So to confirm - both Gmail and Outlook can be set up as POP accounts?  If my work email is set up as POP, and if I then log on to my work email via webmail online (as opposed to using Outlook on my laptop), will the email still be on webmail? I was under the impression that POP would pull the email from the server, making it inaccessible from webmail.

  • 7. Re: IMAP - don't delete from server?
    wjosten Level 10 Level 10 (93,285 points)

    Gmail can be setup as POP, yes. Outlook is yopur mail program...IMAP or POP is determined by your provider.

  • 8. Re: IMAP - don't delete from server?
    Allan Sampson Level 10 Level 10 (123,340 points)

    Outlook is an email client, and you can use Outlook to access a POP account.

     

    A Gmail account can be accessed as a POP account with any email client.

     

    There is an account setting for a POP account with an email client for removing messages from the sever after being downloaded. This needs to be set to never with each email client used to access the account.

     

    With a POP account, only one email client at a time can communicate with the incoming mail server to check the account for new messages and to download new messages, and you can save sent messages on the server with a POP account so messages sent with the iPhone will not match messages sent with Outlook and vice-versa.

  • 9. Re: IMAP - don't delete from server?
    Markymark2029 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Not true - have had an IMAP account for years and on blackberry you could delete on phone only - and it's a very useful feature to some people period. 

  • 10. Re: IMAP - don't delete from server?
    Allan Sampson Level 10 Level 10 (123,340 points)

    A Blackberry does not communicate direct with the incoming mail server for an email account as with the iPhone and all other smart phones period.

     

    All email account access with a Blackberry is routed through RIM's dedicated email delivery service which provides some features not available when accessing an IMAP account with an email client that communicates direct with the server for an email account - not through some 3rd party delivery service located in Canada.