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Discussion in 'Android General Discussions' started by dfmember, Mar 5, 2010.

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    I just upgraded from my Blackberry Curve to the Droid 2 days ago. I need to know if when I delete an email, does it delete it from my computer as well? (I need assurance that it doesn't)

    Also, can you give me some suggestions as to the best place to go to learn all the basics of how to use the Droid?
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    What e-mail system are you using? On my GMail account setup with the defaults on the Droid, when I delete a message on the Droid it also deletes from my Inbox as viewed on my PC. However, it's still in the Trash folder. Basically the Droid is accessing the GMail account exactly as it does on a PC.

    My Exchange mail using the built-in client works exactly the same way.
    Delete from Inbox and the message goes to Trash.

    I have no idea how a non-gmail POP3 account would work.
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    The best place to learn all about the Droid and how to use it is right here in these forums, I've owned my Droid for almost 3 weeks and have learned alot here. Read the forums, search topics in the search box and ask questions.
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    I'm using Comcast and I'm not connected with Gmail. Maybe it's a good thing, because I just deleted all my Trash emails and it didn't delete them from my Macbook.

    Thanks for your replies. :)
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    It depends on your settings for the email account.

    There is an option to have it delete them from the server.
    If you never download your email from the server, then this would allow you full control of the email from your Droid.
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    This is becoming even more important as of today, because my Droid just reloaded 300 emails I deleted from it yesterday.

    What I want is to be able to delete emails from my Droid without them being deleted from the server, because I need some of them on my desktop computer. My Blackberry would allow me to delete emails just from my handheld device and they wouldn't come back the next day, but there doesn't seem to be a setting on my Droid that would allow me to do that.

    Do other Droid users just live with all their emails never being 'actually' deleted from their Droid, even when they delete them from the trash? Or is there really a way to get rid of emails from the Droid permanently w/o losing them from one's desktop?

    P.S. I just called Verizon and he said that maybe the Droid would delete an email forever 'if' I marked it as 'Read' before I delete it. But he didn't know if deleting it from the Droid would also delete it from the server. Who would know if Verizon doesn't?
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    I took my Droid to Verizon and let them set up my Gmail so it doesn't delete emails from my server when I delete them from my Droid.

    Thanks for all the helpful responses.
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    Can't speak for other email clients, but the following is true for gmail and the k-9 email client.

    () For gmail, deletion of an email on your droid deletes it on the gmail server. Actually, as someone else noted, it sends it to your "trash" folder. In effect, your Droid gmail client is a (somewhat less functional) version of the gmail internet mail system you (can) use on your computer. If you want the fully functional version you can sign onto gmail through your browser and you'll have the fully functional version.

    () K-9 is a separate email client which you may (if you choose) use in addition to or instead of the gmail client. Unlike gmail, it separates emails (rather than grouping them in threads.) If you're used to Outlook (or other email clients) that present a list of emails individually, you may find K-9 easier to use.

    K-9 is not "hard linked" to the google mail. You may use it for a variety of email servers. However, I use it (in addition to gmail) to read google mail. And unlike the gmail app on the droid, K-9 provides an option to NOT DELETE the email on the server. It simply downloads email and when you delete it on K-9 it remains on the server (but is never downloaded again.)

    I use both gmail and K-9 for the reason noted above. There are times I would rather see indvidual emails than to go through the threaded approach used by google mail. (And vice versa.) However, I prefer to delete email on the server from only one program so I don't inadvertently delete email I want to have easy access to on my phone. (It's the premature Alzheimer's.)

    If all that seems too complicated, just choose an email client and stick with it.

    Please note that there are all sorts of other combinations of email clients and servers available including "touchdown" which apparently works well with Outlook exchange. Or maybe it's Outlook non-Exchange. I can't recall. (Alzheimer's again.) The various combinations and specific server-related issues make it very difficult to propose general rules that meet everyone's requirements. But some investigation of the "gmail," "email," "K-9" and other email clients will usually result in a satisfactory solution.
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