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How to Configure the Server Delete Option on Your Android Tablet

Non-Gmail e-mail that you fetch on your Android tablet is typically left on the e-mail server. That’s because, unlike a 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 a 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. Open the Email app and visit the inbox.

  2. Touch the Action Overflow icon and choose the Settings command.

    On some tablets, touch the Menu icon to see the Settings command.

  3. Choose an e-mail account.

  4. Choose the Incoming Settings command.

    If there’s no such command, you’re dealing with a web-based e-mail account, in which case there’s no need to worry about the Server Delete option.

  5. Touch the Delete Email from Server item.

    The item is an Action Bar menu, shown by the triangle in the lower right corner.

  6. Choose the When I Delete from Inbox option.

    Touch the Done button.

After you make or confirm this setting, messages you delete in the Email app are also deleted from the mail server. That means the message won’t be picked up again, not by the tablet, another mobile device, or any computer that fetches e-mail from that same account.

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