7 Replies Latest reply: Dec 4, 2007 9:20 AM by Nathan C
jiznoint Level 1 (0 points)
When i download messages onto my computer, ithought the were safe. i went back to iphone and deleted and when i went back to my computer they were gone. it is a .mac account. need some help with this

Mac OS X (10.4.11)
  • David M Brewer Level 6 (9,365 points)
    I may be wrong about this, but from what I have read... If you delete an email from the iPhone you'll be deleting from your .mac email account. The email itself isn't directly downloaded to the phone. Your just using the phone to view the email from you .mail account.
  • jiznoint Level 1 (0 points)
    if i use mail at home and download my messages from my .mac account, then they are not off the .mac account? how do i download them from the .mac account onto my computer at home?

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  • jiznoint Level 1 (0 points)
    they have to stay on the server all the time? there has to be a way to keep them on the server and just delete from the phone
  • David M Brewer Level 6 (9,365 points)
    The Phone is like a computer...If you go to another computer to view your emails. The computer doesn't know what emails to show you...so it shows you all email in your account that you haven't permanently deleted.

    If your account lets you archive or make folders in your email account. Put the email you want to save in those folders. Then when you go to your inbox...it will only have new emails.
  • Doug Schloendorn1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Go to Settings - Mail - Account - Advanced. Under Incoming Settings set the delete from server to never.
    This should work fine for you.
  • Jennifer_B Level 4 (1,760 points)

    It also depends on how your .Mac account is set up on your computer. If your .Mac email account on your computer is set up as an IMAP account, then all of your messages are stored on the server and are not downloaded to your computer. So deleting a message off your computer deletes the message off the server and no other devices will be able to access it.

    On the iPhone, the .Mac email preset uses IMAP, so if you delete a message off the iPhone, it will delete the message off the server, preventing it from being retrieved by your computer.

    For more information on setting up your .Mac email using POP or IMAP, take a look at this article:

    Hope this helps,
    Jennifer B.
  • Nathan C Level 5 (6,260 points)

    If you are using IMAP, the contents of the folders are synced via the server. You iPhone only downloads and caches them on demand.

    However, if you don't want them to show up in the Inbox on the iPhone, move them to a local folder on the computer. When you create Mailbox on the Mac it will ask if you want the mailbox on the server or "On My Mac".

    Hope this helps,

    Nathan C.