How to Customize Email on Your Samsung Galaxy Tab S

By Dan Gookin

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

Creating a signature

It is highly recommended that you create a custom email signature for sending messages from your tablet. Here’s an example signature:

DAN
This was sent from my Galaxy Tab.
Typos, no matter how hilarious, are unintentional.

To create a signature for Gmail, obey these directions:

  1. Start the Gmail app.

  2. Tap the Action Overflow icon and choose Settings.

  3. On the left side of the screen, choose your Gmail account.

  4. On the right side of the screen, choose Signature.

  5. Use the onscreen keyboard to type a signature.

    If the account already has a signature, you can delete or edit it.

  6. Touch OK.

In the Email app, you must set a separate signature for each email account:

  1. Tap the Action Overflow icon and choose Settings.

    You may have to swipe the menu upward to scroll through the list of actions and find Settings.

  2. On the left side of the screen, select an account.

  3. Choose Signature.

  4. Type an email signature.

  5. Touch the Done button.

Repeat Steps 2 through 5 for each of your Email accounts.

Configuring the server delete option

ISP email that you fetch on your tablet is typically left on the email server. That’s because the Email app, unlike a computer’s email program, doesn’t delete messages after it picks them up. The advantage is that you can retrieve the same messages later by 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.

  2. Tap the Action Overflow icon and choose Settings.

    You may need to swipe down the list of actions to locate Settings.

  3. On the left side of the screen, select a specific account.

  4. Tap the More Settings button, at the bottom of the right side of the screen.

  5. Choose Incoming Settings.

    If you can’t find the Incoming Settings item, you’re dealing with a web-based email account, in which case there’s no need to worry about the server delete option.

  6. Below the Delete Email from Server item, select the When I Delete from Inbox option.

    The other option is Never. When chosen, the Never option keeps email on the server.

  7. Touch the Done button.

Repeat Steps 3 through 7 for any additional email accounts you have.

After configuring the Delete Email from Server option, any message you delete in the Email app is deleted also from the mail server. The message isn’t picked up again, not by the tablet, 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’s normal behavior. Your tablet 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, from a mobile device or from a computer, the inbox lists the same messages.

Setting the primary email account

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

  1. Start the Email app.

  2. From the action bar, choose Combined View.

  3. Tap the Action Overflow icon and choose Settings.

  4. On the left side of the screen, select the email account you want to mark as your favorite.

  5. On the right side of the screen, select the Default Account item.

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