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How to Configure the E-Mail Delete Option on Your Nexus 7

Non-Gmail e-mail that you fetch on your Nexus 7 is typically left on the e-mail server so users can configure the email delete option. Unlike your computer’s e-mail program, the Email app doesn’t delete messages after it picks them up. The advantage is that you can retrieve the same messages later, using your computer. The disadvantage is that you end up retrieving mail you’ve already read and, possibly, replied to.

You can control whether the Email app removes messages after they’re picked up. Follow these steps:

  1. In the Email app, touch the Menu icon button.

  2. Choose Settings.

  3. Choose a specific account from the left side of the Window.

  4. Choose the Incoming Settings command.

    If there’s no Incoming Settings command, you’re dealing with a web-based e-mail account, in which case you don’t need to need to worry about the manual delete option.

  5. Touch the menu box next to the item Delete Email from Server.

    It might say Never there right now. Anyway, that text is a button, not text.

  6. Choose the option When I Delete from Inbox.

  7. Touch the Done button.

When you delete a message in the Email app on your Nexus 7, the message is also deleted from the mail server. It isn’t picked up again, not by the tablet, another mobile device, or any computer that fetches e-mail from that same account.

  • Mail that you retrieve using your computer’s mail program is deleted from the mail server after it’s picked up. That’s normal behavior. Your Nexus 7 cannot pick up mail from the server if your computer has already deleted it.

  • Deleting mail on the server isn’t a problem for Gmail. No matter how you access your Gmail mail, from your tablet or from a computer, the inbox lists the same messages.

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