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iPhone 5 Portable Genius by Paul McFedries

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Managing Your iPhone E-mail Accounts

Your iPhone comes with the Mail app, which is a radically slimmed-down version of the Mail application that’s the default e-mail program on Mac machines. Mail on the iPhone may be a pale shadow of its OS X cousin, but that doesn’t mean it’s a lightweight — far from it. It has a few features and settings that make it ideal for your traveling e-mail show. First, however, you have to set up your iPhone with one or more e-mail accounts.

Adding an account by hand

The Mail application on your iPhone is most useful when it’s set up to use an e-mail account that you also use on your computer. That way, when you’re on the road or out on the town, you can check your messages and rest assured that you won’t miss anything important (or even anything unimportant, for that matter). This is most easily done by syncing an existing e-mail account between your computer and your iPhone, and I show you how that’s done in Chapter 7.

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For some accounts, you need to be careful that your iPhone doesn’t delete incoming messages from the server before you have a chance to download them to your computer. I show you how to set this up later in this chapter.

However, you might also prefer to have an e-mail account that’s for iPhone only. For example, if you join an iPhone mailing list, you might prefer to have those messages sent to only your iPhone. That’s a darn good ...

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