How-to: Fix an Android Email Issue

Solosez is a great resource for solo practice attorneys seeking a mass market for exchanging ideas and getting advice. Recently, one of the listserve members had troubles with Android’s native email app.

The member wanted to use the email app only for outgoing messages, without polling for unread email messages. The member’s problem, and one others had as well, was that Android email kept loading all of the messages.

While I’m not sure why you’d want to use an email account only for outgoing messages, fortunately, this is an easy fix. The trick is to use diligence when you’re initially creating the email account.

Here’s the quick fix (which may require that you delete and add the account again):

On the initial account setup, unselect all of the “send/receive” mail settings and set “Inbox checking frequency” to never.

Android Email Settings

Finish setting up the account.

Alternatively, if you have the an established account, you can unselect “Inbox check frequency” in the account settings.

Android Check Email Frequency

Voila, you just added an email address to send message from and never receive mail to. I’m not sure why, but the task was easy.

Of course, you could save yourself the hassle and just set up a secondary account in Gmail, then “Specify a different ‘reply-to’ address” (in Gmail: Settings > Accounts and Import > edit info). This will enable you to select the account in a new message, send a message, and receive the reply at a different email address. Note: don’t forget to forward messages to your Gmail account, otherwise your mailbox will fill up. Really, that’s probably not a concern since you’re only interested in sending messages.

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Jeff Taylor

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