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30 Days of iPhone – Day 2

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So I’ve been having email troubles on my iPhone yesterday afternoon and this morning. Turns out I’m not the only one.

In fact, everyone I know (that I’ve asked) are having the same problem with the Yahoo! push email service. Evidently Yahoo makes you enter a code every now and again that lets them know you aren’t a spammer abusing their accounts, but you don’t have an option to do that on the iPhone…so, apparently, when Yahoo! decides you need to enter that code, you have to log onto the Yahoo! Mail site and send an email from there, so that your email will work again on your iPhone…that seemed to work for me, but I don’t have any sort of official confirmation about it.

I just know it’s annoying.

And speaking of annoying email, there is this other little company…maybe you’ve heard of them…Google? Yeah, their gmail is REALLY annoying on POP3 in general, but especially in the iPhone. For whatever reason, no matter what kind of settings I tweak on gmail’s site, it still wants to download every single email I’ve ever sent from my gmail account into my iPhone.

I don’t want any of these 1,300 + emails on my iPhone, but I don’t really know what to do about it.

Regardless, the email experience is kind of getting on my nerves…and I don’t even think it’s the phone’s fault. I think it’s the service providers of the phone. Unfortunately, those are the accounts that I have, and I need to use them. Hopefully a solution will present itself soon.

Kokou Adzo

Kokou Adzo

Kokou Adzo is a stalwart in the tech journalism community, has been chronicling the ever-evolving world of Apple products and innovations for over a decade. As a Senior Author at Apple Gazette, Kokou combines a deep passion for technology with an innate ability to translate complex tech jargon into relatable insights for everyday users.

9 thoughts on “30 Days of iPhone – Day 2

  1. You could always set up a second gmail account have your computer at home download all the gmail messages and then have apple mail use a rule to forward the new messages to the new gmail account and then just download the new messages from the new gmail account although I need to find out how to set it up so that when you reply or even compose the email that it looks like it came from your email account,

  2. @Steve

    I just checked, and I didn’t get anything. Try resending to michael (at) applegazette (dot) com

    Now I’m worried that I’m missing emails


  3. Something that most people don’t know about POP3 mail. Everytime your mail client asks for mail the mail server will give it the name and size of every message in the inbox.

    Unless you remove every message from your inbox everytime you download mail or you have the mail server is set to not tell the client about messages that have already been downloaded/read your going to get that list and it’s up to the client to figure out which messages on that list it want’s to download. If you have two clients this is the only way that both can read the messages. It’s up to each client to keep track of what messages it’s downloaded.

    The first time the iPhone asked for mail it had no idea which message had read or unread so it had to download everyone. The next time it ask for mail it will only download those that it had downloaded before.

    That’s why you got 1,300 messages. I hope this helps.

  4. I had the same problem with gmail since I had a lot of old emails in my inbox. To solve it, I simply archived all of the old mail that I wanted to keep, but didn’t want downloaded to my iPhone, and now the iPhone only downloads the latest messages.

  5. hey michael,

    have you tried “archiving” your gmail inbox? i.e. you select all of the mails in your inbox (that can take a while since google only allows you to select 50 at a time) and then click on “archive”. that will remove them from the inbox, but not delete them. they will still be available under “all mail” and all your labels, also they are still searchable.

    maybe that helps.

  6. I have a POP 3 email and I’ve had issues with it not downloading the whole message. It’ll say “this message has not been downloaded”, and I can’t get it to retrieve it. I also set up my work email but when I turn it on in the phone it stops working on my computer. like I can login to my email on two devices.

  7. Q. How should I use POP on mobile or multiple devices?

    A. If you’re accessing your Gmail using POP from multiple clients, Gmail’s recent mode makes sure that all messages are made available to each client, rather than only to the first client to access new mail.

    Recent mode fetches the last 30 days of mail, regardless of whether it’s been sent to another POP client already.

    If you sign in to Gmail using your Blackberry, you’re signed in to recent mode automatically. For all other POP clients, replace ‘’ in your POP client settings with ‘’.

    (After the first check, it will only get new messages. You’ll also likely want to set up a filter in Gmail to move your own sent mail out of the Inbox.)

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