How to Customize Your Email Options on the Amazon Fire Phone - dummies

How to Customize Your Email Options on the Amazon Fire Phone

By Dan Gookin

You can have oodles of fun and waste oceans of time confirming and customizing the email experience on your Fire phone. Two of the more interesting things you can do are to modify or create an email signature and specify whether messages retrieved by the Email app can be made available later for pickup by a computer.

Managing your messages

You can deal with a horde of email messages all at once by selecting them for editing. Then you can perform specific tasks with the group of messages. You can delete the lot, flag them, or mark them as read or unread. It all starts by marking the messages. Follow these steps:

  1. Display an inbox of messages in the Email app.

  2. Tap the Edit icon.

  3. Tap to place check marks in the boxes, which selects the message(s).

  4. Choose an icon from the bottom of the screen.

    Your choices are

    • Delete: Remove the selected messages. A confirm prompt does not appear.

    • Flag: Mark the message with a flag icon, making it easier to find later.

    • Mark Read: Change the status of an unread message to read.

    • Mark Unread: Change the status of a read message to unread. This option is good for picking up email elsewhere at a later time.

    The action you choose affects the selected messages.

  5. Tap the Cancel icon when you’re done working with the messages.

    This icon doesn’t appear when you delete the messages.

Deleted messages are found in the Trash folder for the account. To view that folder, display the Navigation panel and choose the email account. Tap the Show Folders item under the account’s heading, and then choose Trash.

Creating a signature

It’s a good idea for anyone to create a custom email signature for sending messages from your phone. It could look something like this:

This was sent from my Fire phone.
Typos, no matter how hilarious, are unintentional.

To create a signature, obey these directions:

  1. In the Email app, display the Navigation drawer.

  2. Choose Settings.

  3. Choose one of your email accounts.

  4. Choose Signature.

  5. Type or dictate your signature.

  6. Touch OK.

You need to repeat Steps 3 through 5 for each of your email accounts. A separate signature exists for each one.

Setting the default account

The Email app automatically sets one of your email accounts as the primary, or default, account. That’s the account from which all messages are automatically sent.

To determine which account is the default, in the Email app choose the Settings command from the Navigation panel. Under the Accounts heading, you see your various email accounts listed and color-coded. The primary account is labeled as Default.

To change the default account, choose another account from the list. Tap the Default Account item and choose another account:

  • It doesn’t really matter which account is the default, although as you use your phone, you may find that some accounts are more reliable than others.

  • Also, you can change which account is used to send messages by long-pressing the account name on the New Message screen.

Configuring the server delete option

Messages fetched by your phone from traditional email accounts typically remain on the email server. This is true for traditional email accounts, but not true for webmail accounts, such as Gmail or Yahoo! Mail.

The issue with traditional email accounts is that, unlike a computer’s email 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 can end up retrieving mail you’ve already read and replied to.

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

  1. In the Email app, swipe the Navigation panel all the way to the bottom.

  2. Choose the Settings command.

  3. Choose your Email account from the list of accounts.

    It must be an ISP type of email account, also known as a POP3 account.

  4. Choose the Incoming Settings item.

  5. Below the item Delete Email from Server, choose the option When I Delete from Inbox.

    If this option isn’t available, the account isn’t a POP3 account, and the messages you work with aren’t affected.

  6. 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. The message won’t be picked up again — not by the phone, another mobile device, or any computer that fetches email from that same account:

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

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