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#157203 23-Nov-2014 13:07
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Can't find obvious answers on the net, so trying here. Not my usual question so may even hve the wrong forum but couldn't see anywhere obviously better. We're relative novices with phones - only got a smart phone when buying it because it was rated as the best reception and we live in a fairly sheltered spot.

So we've had these smartphones a while, and only use them as phones. Am considering going further but haven't been able to find any info basic enough to help. We each have multiple email accounts hosted with our web host. We have different business sites plus an interest site plus our own private emails. Currently we use Thunderbird to read these on our laptops. As our main business applications are desktop based that's adequate - but in looking at future plans, we are considering being able to read and reply top our emials via the smartphones.

The main question is can they be set up on the smartphone like Thunderbird to use multiple email accounts.

And a second question is, if we send a reply, can that also be sent so it is downloaded on our laptops next time we're using them?

Obviously if there's a page that answers questions for dummies that would be good - but the only stuff I have found deals with only one account.


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  #1181569 23-Nov-2014 13:11
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Yes. Get K-9 email from Google Play, assuming you're using Android. You'll have to manually set up the email accounts, you can take the information from Thunderbird. Post if you get stuck.

You should be using IMAP, not POP. IMAP stores all email (sent, received and folders) on the server, so every client (computer, phones, tablet, etc) have the same view of your email. Most email servers can deal with this (Gmail, I use fastmail), but if you post the servers (or the part of your email address after the @ symbol) someone may be able to give you more information. Google "pop vs imap" for more information.

All fairly simple stuff when you know what you're doing. Hopefully what I've written above is a good enough guide, but ask questions if you like.


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  #1181575 23-Nov-2014 13:25
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That sounds like exactly what I need - thought I might have to change to IMAP. Thanks a lot.

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