9 Replies Latest reply: Feb 14, 2012 7:42 PM by Intrepidfred
Hayjak Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
Is there any way to sync email between iPhone and iPad so when an email is deleted on one device it also deletes the email from the other device so I don't spend all day deleting?

iPad/iphone4, iOS 4
  • Rudegar Level 7 Level 7 (23,625 points)
    if your mail account is IMAP this happens automatically
    with pop3 you need some sort of a sync program on both devices
    not sure if there are some in the app store
  • slyguy_28 Level 2 Level 2 (165 points)
    This would be a great thing to have. I have an iPad and an iPhone 4, and am experiencing the same thing.
    Sly
  • 00steveo Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    AT&T is my isp. I have i(pad,phone,mac). I pay for mobile me. I now maintain email (Yahoo mail) on all of my apple products as if each device was the only device used to read email. It is starting to look like I need to forward mail from my primary isp to mobile me if I want my devices to have synchronized email. Has anyone found documentation on how to do this? If Apple is worth a **** they must have a strategy to do this but it seems to be a closely guarded secret even if there are millions of uses on AT&T,
    the vendor that provides the network for their phones.
  • 00steveo Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    If you want to synchronize email across apple devices it looks like you must use an email service that has IMAP mail servers. If you are an AT&T internet customer you need to find an email service that uses IMAP because AT&T resells Yahoo mail that uses POP mail servers. Mobile Me is an IMAP service. Mobile Me email help has an article to tell you how to forward email you have been getting through a pop mail server to their IMAP mail service and how to use Mobile Me to send mail out using your old email address. You may want to do this so that you do not lose contact with all of your established relationships that communicate using your existing email address. In effect, you can bounce all of your communication off of Mobile Me so that your iPhone, iPad and iMac look at the same email content if you want to see the results of edits (deleting junk) on one device on all devices. You can set up Mobile Me rules to bounce mail to your desktop computer so that you can set up rules to store it on your desktop so that you do not fill up your email storage on Mobile Me. This seems to me to be what you need to do. Please correct me if there is an easier way.
  • Michael Morgan1 Level 7 Level 7 (23,825 points)
    No, that pretty well sums it up and you seem to have a good handle on things, though. Couldn't help noticing, though, that it only took you a short time to start digging out all of that info that you'd been sure Apple was hiding from you ...

    And, of course, the more you look the more you keep finding. Thanks for posting your solution, and welcome to Apple Discussions!
  • Chris CA Level 9 Level 9 (78,015 points)
    If you want to synchronize email across apple devices it looks like you must use an email service that has IMAP mail servers.

    Sort of.
    If using a POP account, simply set up your email application to leave messages on the server. Then you can read them on all devices. However, they must be deleted from each device if they get downloaded to each device.
    On the iPad, Settings > Mail, Contact, Calendar > select an account then Advanced.

    See this -> Using a POP account with multiple devices
  • Lynsun Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Couldn't help noticing, though, that it only took you a short time to start digging out all of that info that you'd been sure Apple was hiding from you ...

    Do you know how many pages of info he had to go through and make his own connections to find the info? There is no one place to go to find out how to do this. I'm still struggling. I don't think Apple is deliberately hiding, but they sure don't make it straightforward.
  • Intrepidfred Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I was finally able to do it myself. I have a yahoo email address. Yahoo now offers an IMAP and POP mail account. In order for all your devices to sync, completely delete your yahoo email account and then create a new one. When it asks: which email are you using? Don't click on Yahoo. Instead, chose the last option "other". Then, enter your info. For incoming, type imap.mail.yahoo.com and outgoing type smtp.mail.yahoo.ca. Now, it will take at least 30 secs to 1 minute for the device to verify the account info... And finally, when prompted, activate the mail and notes options... It should work! Go to your mailbox and refresh everything...

  • Intrepidfred Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Of course, when I write: completely delete your Yahoo email account, what I mean is: go to your setting menu on your iPhone/iPad. Then into mail, delete your Yahoo account. You don't actually have to create a new Yahoo email address and everything. Just use the same address to recreate an imap version of your Yahoo account.

     

    Gmail also uses imap. I don't know about hotmail though.