For years this has been a nuisance for gmail users who rely on POP to get their messages on multiple devices.  Google finally repaired this with this fix.  I had a few clients in San Diego that loved this repair to their computer problem.  I had to apply this fix for a mobile user with an iPhone.  Side note: Have fun trying to type a colon on an iPhone.  You can’t from within the email configuration.  You must type a colon in a blank email, and then copy and paste the colon into the email configuration.  Thanks Apple!

Using POP on multiple clients or mobile devices

What is ‘recent mode?’
If you’re accessing Gmail on multiple clients through POP, Gmail’s ‘recent mode’ makes sure that all messages are made available to each client, rather than only to the first client to access new mail.
Recent mode fetches the last 30 days of mail, regardless of whether it’s been sent to another POP1 client already.
Setting up ‘recent mode’
In your POP client settings, replace ‘ username@gmail.com‘ in the ‘Username’ or ‘Email’ field with ‘recent: username@gmail.com
Once you enable recent mode, please be sure to configure your POP client to leave messages on the server according to the instructions below:

  • Outlook or Outlook Express: on the Advanced tab, check the box next to ‘Leave a copy of messages on the server.’
  • Apple Mail: on the Advanced tab, remove the check next to ‘Remove copy from server after retrieving a message.’
  • Thunderbird: on the Server Settings tab, check the box next to ‘Leave messages on server.’

http://mail.google.com/support/bin/answer.py?answer=47948

Kurt Rein
San Diego Mobile Computer Wizard
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