Hmm. The setting is already at OFF and Fetch to Manually and yet when I check Mail, a couple of the links I sent just a few minutes ago ended up in my Mail as well as my Gmail. Do they only get 'fetched' whenever I open Mail? And is the 'whoosh' and 'ding' created by the Mail system or the Gmail system. Sorry to be a pest, I just really like to understand my technology as much as I can. Things have to make sense if you know what I mean. I don't just like blindly going through life. :rolleyes:
The settings should not effect outgoing mail. Manual means that mail will only be downloaded to the Mail app when you open it or select the update icon within the app.
Push works with most IMAP and Exchange accounts. When the server receives a new email, it pushes it to the device.
Fetch is the device itself periodically contacting the server to check for and download email.
There is no way to keep Mail from downloading email when you open it. However, since you are on a GMail account you are using either IMAP or Exchange Active Sync to get your mail. This means that whatever you do in Mail, online, or another app will automatically sync to the other services. So if you you do something in Mail, it will change on the server immediately. When you do something on the server (either with the web interface or the GMail web app) it will sync with Mail as soon as it connects.
You can safely ignore email in the Mail app if you don't want to use it, though if you've opened it with unread mai on the serverl the red badge will appear until you either mark those emails read in Mail, or open it again after you've read or deleted them in another app.
If I've just confused you, ask away. I'm sure I can do better, maybe even get you all the way to bewildered. ;)
I went to Settings > Mail, Contacts, Calendars > Fetch New Data, Push was already set to OFF and Fetch to Manual. But when I send myself a test email (again, by sending a link to a webpage) and then check the Mail and Gmail from my home screen (note, I don't open either one) both icons have incremented by 1 the number at the top right corner of the icon which represents how many unread emails there are. This would indicate to me that the Mail function is still downloading the messages into it's Inbox. Yes? It's not a problem really, I'll just hide Mail on the second or third page of my Home Screen so I don't see it anymore. But it seems to me that you're telling me this shouldn't happen on Mail. Unless I'm not understanding you.
Sorry to be a pest but I like to understand the technology as best I can. I have this need to understand how my world works. :rolleyes:
Sorry, ignore that last bit. My screen didn't refresh properly (or something) and you had already answered my question from before (which I thought I forgot to it 'Post Reply' to).
So, you have confirmed to me how I thought Push and Fetch worked. Thank you. I did notice through experimentation that if I read or deleted a message in one program (Mail or Gmail) it took effect, or synced as it were, in the other.
I guess for now I'll just hide Mail on the second page of Home so I don't have to be distracted by the incremental red badge.
Thanks again for all your help. I really do appreciate it. I have thoroughly enjoyed my transition to Apple via the iPad. Who knows, my next computer may just be a Mac.