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  1. twe90kid's Avatar
    does k9 actually save more battery?
    06-13-2010 11:32 AM
  2. Groucho's Avatar
    Because K-9 is an open source "group" project the updates are fast and furious and there is no real documentation because hundreds of programmers are contributing to its development. In other words nobody really owns K-9 so it would take one of the contributors to take the time to write the docs. If you check out the K-9 website k9mail - Project Hosting on Google Code you will learn more about the project. This is also the best place to stay up to date using the Download tab. Download on your Android Device and it will install just like a Market install only faster. Your settings and data will all be in tact.

    I am by no means an expert and found it very simple to add any account. K-9 basically does it for you as long as you have your user name, password and incoming and outgoing server information.

    The ultimate goal of K-9 is to be incorporated with the stock Android email client and become the default. If that ever happens Google would write the documentation and manufacturers would include it in the device manuals. The app is pretty intuitive and by spending some time going through the settings and experimenting you will quickly learn how to use it and most likely make it your default. Just don't remove any accounts from the clients that are currently working until you have k-9 under control and working the way you want it. This all worked for me and my email experience, which is the most important thing I use my INC for is now terrific, even better than the BB's I came from.
    06-13-2010 11:42 AM
  3. bnewt's Avatar
    Unfortunately, I had already been to the Project site which is, understandably, geered more towards the developers rather than the users. Someone wrote out a quick "Advice on how to configure K-9 Mail to work with Exchange" and posted it to the Wiki - I would like to encourage someone who knows what they are doing to create a similar "Advice on how to configure K-9 Mail to work with IMAP." It would be much appreciated.
    06-13-2010 12:27 PM
  4. nightfishing#AC's Avatar
    Are you using gmail?

    IMAP is drop dead simple to use with gmail accounts (if a bit complex to understand).

    Enable IMAP on your account (thru web access). Add account to k-9 (it will default to imap for gmail) and you are good to go.

    The "trick" with IMAP is anything you do on the phone will be done on the server and will be reflected when you access that account from another computer (and vice versa).

    The other "trick" is that nothing is stored locally on your phone (except for a list of headers), which has several advantages.

    If you have specific questions, ask
    06-13-2010 03:00 PM
  5. nightfishing#AC's Avatar
    does k9 actually save more battery?
    PUSHing saves battery over POLLing. It's not necessarily that k-9 is saving juice.

    Polling uses juice everytime it CHECKS for mail (15minutes, 3 hrs whatever). PUSH only uses juice when it is actually grabbing mail.
    06-13-2010 03:02 PM
  6. nightfishing#AC's Avatar
    This is a good simple expanation of IMAP

    IMAP vs. POP
    06-13-2010 03:03 PM
  7. bnewt's Avatar
    LOL... ok... not quite THAT simple. I understand (on the most basic level) what IMAP *is* (and no, this isn't my gmail account) I just don't have a good grasp of how K-9 works with it. What I'm hoping someone will take on is creating a one-line explanation for each of the settings available. I greatly appreciate the responses.

    Folder poll check frequency (defaults to Never with Enable push mail for this account checked) - Is it possible that what is best for battery life might depend on how many emails you get on the account?

    Integrated Inbox - I assume this means if I am using K-9 for multiple emails they all appear to come to a single inbox on the Android

    All messages (All messages in searchable folders) - need simple description of what searchable folders are

    Background sync... this may sounds stupid, but what exactly is "Background data" ?

    Account Settings:

    Show in top group (?)

    Folder display class - totally lost... what are 1st and 2nd class folders?

    Folder sync class - ditto

    Folder push class (ditto)

    Integrate - how is this different from the Integrated Inbox?

    Expunge - I assume this is the "if I delete it here, I want it really and truly deleted on the server" (?)

    Folder poll check frequency (Never) - how different from initial poll/push decision?

    Sychronize message sent - ? (without this, you don't get copies of your sent mail stored on the server? - any issue with server being set up with Sent folder a subfolder to Inbox?)

    Folders to check with poll - Only 1st Class folders is the default - what are first class folders? (an explanation of this will probably go a long way to answering some of the later settings)

    Folders to check with push - ditto

    When I delete a message (Delete from server) - If I have expunge checked but have this set to "do not delete from server" what happens?

    Auto-expand folder... just one?

    Folders to display (all except 2nd Class folders)

    Move/copy destination folders (move/copy them from where to where?)

    Folder to search (All)
    06-14-2010 01:24 AM
  8. nightfishing#AC's Avatar
    Folder poll check frequency - always set to NEVER if you are PUSHING.

    Integrated Inbox - adds a virtual "folder" to the account list that acts as an Integrated Inbox (shows inbox messages from all accounts)

    All messages - lists all messages that are in searchable folders (searchable folders determined by "searchable folders setting" in each account)

    Background sync...- this determines if/how K-9 follows the sync/data rules of the phone. "Background Data" is a setting found in phone settings>accounts and sync.

    All you ever wanted to know about "classes"

    WorkingWithClasses - k9mail - How to use K-9's folder class system - Project Hosting on Google Code

    NOTE: leaving classing untouched is fine for most folks.
    06-14-2010 07:09 AM
  9. Floridadomer's Avatar
    I have really struggled with this email client. The basic set up was easy but I cannot get it to do everything I want it to and I am not sure if the client doesnt offer those options or I just havent set it up correctly. I have dug around and but still fill even more lost.
    I loaded this client because its said that it used less battery life than the standard client.
    Here is basically what I want:
    Gmail account: pushed to phone as soon as it comes in
    Comcast account: Synced every cpuple of hours
    Yahoo account: synced every 12 hours.

    Is this possible?

    Does Polling mean syncing
    Is it possible to download pictures automatically?
    Any help would be appreciated.
    06-14-2010 09:06 AM
  10. nightfishing#AC's Avatar
    polling= syncing = checking for email
    To view imbedded pics you need to manually hit the button.
    06-14-2010 09:18 AM
  11. TMW597's Avatar
    Anyone know why they haven't updated the market version?

    Will I loose my settings if I update from the market version to the latest (2705)?
    Taking it a step further, I'm wondering where the data for the settings are stored. If you do a full uninstall and then reinstall will your settings be gone, and you have to reset up all of your email accounts?
    07-18-2010 12:54 PM
  12. ck42's Avatar
    Anyone know WHERE in the directory structure that the K9 database is stored?
    07-21-2010 12:50 PM
  13. jeekdog's Avatar
    Taking it a step further, I'm wondering where the data for the settings are stored. If you do a full uninstall and then reinstall will your settings be gone, and you have to reset up all of your email accounts?
    What you describe is how it seems to be. I un/reinstalled and had to re-set-up everything.
    08-01-2010 03:21 PM
  14. Nebilim's Avatar
    yes K-9 clears cashe and data when you uninstall
    08-02-2010 09:15 AM
  15. IloveMyDroid's Avatar
    Wow, lot's of good information.
    I just set up K-9 on my incredible to synch with a couple of yahoo accounts.
    So far, so good.

    My question ... is there a way to log off an account, or lock the whole app?
    I wouldn't want my kid or anyone else picking up my phone and suddenly having full access to all of my email.
    I'd hate to go back to Yahoo's single account at a time app, but at least it let's me log off!
    08-22-2010 07:23 PM
  16. IloveMyDroid's Avatar
    Oh oh .... another drawback ... K-9 doesn't know about my contact list from Yahoo. Shouldn't any mail client have access to the contact list?

    Darn, I was liking this app, but it's starting to loose it's appeal.
    08-22-2010 08:16 PM
  17. Hrun's Avatar
    Does K-9 have threaded emails? I was running it (version from market) but I had 10 separate emails instead of the latest in the thread.

    I'm only using 1 gmail account for my email.

    I know that the gmail app shows only the latest email in a thread.

    08-22-2010 10:12 PM
  18. azjerry's Avatar
    Gmail only shows the latest unread messages but shows at the top how many are in the thread. Click on that and the whole thread is visible.
    08-23-2010 09:43 AM
  19. rpfarrah's Avatar
    Been using K-9 for months. No issues at all and it does everything I want.
    08-23-2010 10:20 AM
  20. azjerry's Avatar
    I dropped K9 awhile ago as it's memory use kept increasing with no apparent way to reduce it other than uninstalling/reinstalling the app. Changed over to Maildroid and haven't looked back
    08-23-2010 11:33 AM
  21. Virtual69's Avatar
    Is there an active group anywhere with K9 users? I can't seem to find one.

    My problem is I want K9 to start in the unified inbox. Which is does, the very first time you boot the phone. The next time you start K9, it goes right into the first mailbox. Even if I boot phone, start K9, it goes right to unified Inbox, hit home button, go back to K9, it goes to the first email inbox, not to the unified box where it should.
    01-11-2011 03:51 PM
  22. Tre Lawrence's Avatar
    What version are you on? Have you downloaded the latest version from the Google Group?
    01-11-2011 04:10 PM
  23. Virtual69's Avatar
    What version are you on? Have you downloaded the latest version from the Google Group?
    Downloaded 3.503 a few minutes before I posted. I also have the "Start in unified inbox" checked.
    01-11-2011 04:34 PM
  24. Tre Lawrence's Avatar
    Downloaded 3.503 a few minutes before I posted. I also have the "Start in unified inbox" checked.
    I am gonna see if I can replicate that. I wonder what it defines as "starting."
    01-11-2011 11:49 PM
  25. aweber1nj's Avatar
    I tried MailDroid for about a month, and went to K9 and it suits me much better.

    That said, I've had trouble with the "Start in Unified Inbox" as well. I think it consistently does so if you enter K9 from a notification (in the notification bar, of course). But it's inconsistent if you just enter K9 from the icon in your launcher.

    Still, with MailDroid being a bit funky with connections (losing them and having to kill the app to get it back), and delaying me using the app because it is trying to d/l a new ad everytime I went into the inbox, K9 wins hands-down.
    01-12-2011 09:55 AM
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