1 Reply Latest reply: Jul 3, 2009 4:27 AM by Allan Sampson
Peter O'Toole Level 1 Level 1 (15 points)
Just got my new iPhone 3GS and i love it but slightly confused between Push and Fetch. am i right in thinking that push is used by all the apple apps such as calendar, mail, safari bookmarks etc and as it's push it's updated as soon as i change information on the cloud? What is fetch all about then? Should i leave this to manual and if i do, how do i get it to retrieve information?

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  • Allan Sampson Level 10 Level 10 (123,370 points)
    Fetch is for automatically checking for new messages with an email account that does not support Push access for new messages recieved at the incoming mail server, or for an email account that supports Push access if you prefer the account to be automatically checked for new messages instead. If you have an email account that does not support Push access and you change automatically checking for new messages from Fetch to Manual for the account, you will have to manually check the email account for new messages.

    I have a MobileMe account which supports Push access for email, contacts, calendar events, and Safari bookmarks, and a POP account. A POP account does not support Push access.

    I don't need every new message recieved at the incoming mail server pushed to my iPhone the moment a new message is recieved at the incoming mail server, so I have my MM email set to Fetch and automatically checked for new messages every 30 minutes, which is the same for my POP account.

    I have my MM contacts and calendar events set to Push so a change I make to contacts or calendar events are pushed to the "cloud" right away and the same in reverse.

    If you want to use the MobileMe "find my iPhone" feature in the event your iPhone is lost or stolen, you must have this turned with your MM account on your iPhone, and you must have the global Push access turned on for your iPhone in order for the feature to work. With the global Push access turned on for your iPhone, you can have the email account set to push, fetch (automatically checked for new messages), or set to manual. When set to manual, you must launch the Mail client for the account to be checked for new messages. If set to Fetch and your setting for automatically checking for new messages - every 15 or 30 minutes for example, the Mail client will automatically check the account for new messages in the background without you having to manually launch the Mail client to check the account for new messages.