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    Can I limit the number emails initially downloaded to a 4S?

    I am new to the iPhone and am setting up email accounts. My first one logged on ok but it downloaded (I think) the oldest 100 emails. And it is showing the 50 most recent of those. (I can see that the 50 can be changed.)

    This account has a few thousand emails going back 10 years so I am now looking only at emails from 2001. I can't figure out how to download only the most recent emails, if this is even possible. I can live with only seeing the most recent xxx emails or the most recent yy months on the iPhone. But not the oldest by any means.

    I set this up on the iPhone as a POP account. I thought about setting this up as IMAP but I fear I would have the same problem.

    I am hoping that I just missed something basic about setting up this account. Can someone set me straight?

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    In the mail settings, right under where you see your list of accounts there is a field for "show ____________ recent messages". Also, I would use imap if you can. It as least carries over folders and read/unread info between devices.

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    Why would anyone keep ten years worth of mail on a server? The company might disappear over that time period.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pathy5025 View Post
    In the mail settings, right under where you see your list of accounts there is a field for "show ____________ recent messages". Also, I would use imap if you can. It as least carries over folders and read/unread info between devices.
    Thanks for that... I just switched over to imap and the iPhone is showing the 50 most recent messages.

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    Quote Originally Posted by efparri View Post
    Why would anyone keep ten years worth of mail on a server? The company might disappear over that time period.
    I have the messages backed up.

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    Depending upon the provider, there may be a limit to the amount of storage for individual email accounts. The provider could then arbitrarily delete the oldest messages.

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    Quote Originally Posted by efparri View Post
    Depending upon the provider, there may be a limit to the amount of storage for individual email accounts. The provider could then arbitrarily delete the oldest messages.
    I do have a storage limit. I am currently at 41%... but yes, bad things can happen.

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    Switch to IMAP first then come back...
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    Whether one can switch to IMAP is dependent upon the email provider having an IMAP email server rather than a POP3 email server.

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