How to Configure E-Mail on the Nexus 7 Tablet - dummies

How to Configure E-Mail on the Nexus 7 Tablet

You can have oodles of fun and waste oceans of time confirming and customizing the e-mail experience on your Nexus 7 tablet. The most interesting things you can do are to modify or create an e-mail signature, specify how mail you retrieve on the tablet is deleted from the server, and assign a default e-mail account for the Email app.

How to create a signature

You should create a custom e-mail signature for sending messages from your Nexus 7. Here’s an example:

This was sent from my Nexus 7.
Typos, no matter how hilarious, are unintentional.

To create a signature for Gmail, obey these directions:

  1. Start the Gmail app.

  2. Touch the Menu icon.


  3. Choose Settings.

  4. Choose your Gmail account (your address).

    Yes, your e-mail address is a command on a menu. It’s not just sitting there to be informative.

  5. Choose Signature.

  6. Type or dictate your signature.

    Or you can edit the existing, uninspired text.

  7. Touch OK.

You can obey these same steps to change your signature; the existing signature shows up after Step 5.

To set a signature for the Email app, heed these steps:

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


  2. Choose Settings.

  3. Choose an account.

    The accounts are named after your e-mail address, unless you gave them another name when it was first configured.

  4. Choose Signature.

  5. Type or dictate your new outgoing e-mail signature.

  6. Touch the OK button.

When you have multiple e-mail accounts, repeat these steps to configure a signature for each one.

How to configure the e-mail delete option on the Nexus 7

Non-Gmail e-mail that you fetch on your Nexus 7 is typically left on the e-mail server. That’s because, 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.


  2. Choose Settings.

  3. Choose an e-mail account.

  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 More icon 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.

    You may need to hide the onscreen keyboard to find 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 by 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.

How to set the primary e-mail account on your Nexus 7 tablet

When you have more than one e-mail account, the main account — the default — is the one used by the Email app to send messages. To change the primary mail account, follow these steps:

  1. Start the Email app.

  2. Touch the Menu icon.


  3. Choose Settings.

  4. Choose the e-mail account that you want to mark as the primary account.

  5. On the next screen, place a blue check mark by the Default Account item.

The messages you compose and send by using the Email app are sent from the account you specified in Step 4.