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Trouble syncing email desktop and iPad

Discussion in 'iPad Help' started by Val70, Oct 10, 2011.

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    I have several mailboxes where am I am receiving the mail on both my Desktop and iPad. My problem is that if I move emails to Local Mail folders on my desktop i cannot sync them in the same way to my iPad without repeating the same manual exercise on the iPad. Another alternative I have thought off is can I make folders just to store mail within the mailbox system so they o not store on the local drive on my Desktop.
    For information I use the built in Apple Mail app on both Desktop and iPad and have a gmail account and several btinternet accounts which are all mailboxes in the Apps.
    Can anyone help me as to what I can to to keep them in sync. Do I have to do it through iTunes or is there an app I can get that would help. As there are a lot of mails I would like to automate this.
    Although it is the mails moved to the local server I am concerned about. I have noticed that my outgoing mails sent from my iPad do not sync to my Desktop.
    Thanks in advance for any help.
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    Are you using POP or IMAP? POP simply downloads the emails to your PC/Mac but doesn't do anything to them on the email server. IMAP provides a virtual window from the iPad to the email server. Any change you make on the iPad is then reflected on the server and vice versa.

    So switching both your PC/Mac and iPad to IMAP should solve this problem.

    Tim
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    Email syncing

    Thanks
    I have a mix of POP and IMAP. I will go through and make changes and hope this sorts the problem out. I take it I need to make the same folders on the iPad as the Desktop to store my emails - it will not do this automatically. Once again thanks for help
    Val
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    If you're using IMAP, the iPad will simply reflect the folder structure that's on your email server. There's no need - or facility - to create folders locally on the iPad.

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    Thank you Tim for your help. I have changed to iMap and everything is now fine and I had been puzzling about this for ages. I should have asked for advice sooner.
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    How do I switch my desktop to imap

    Thank you
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    Im new to the forum and a senior and a novice(just to let you know my level of non-expertise). I have created a contact group on my pc and would like to download the group contact to my iPad. Does this invoke syncing? I don't know what iMap is. Could you give me step by step instructions in non technical language. Thanks in advance. KATE

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