- 02-26-2013, 11:29 PM #1
I've just discovered - after migrating over various email accounts from Gmail to Outlook.com - that Outlook.com only checks POP mail every 30 minutes. I can't click a button and trigger it to check.
This is extraordinary. I appreciate that this isn't a business product, but having to wait 30 minutes for POP email is too long for personal use too. Imagine getting to the airport and realising you don't have your e-ticket and asking your partner to email it through, and waiting up to 30 mins to receive it.
This has put me off comitting to Win 8 and Win Phone 8 as I had planned to.
Is there a workaround for this? I actually like the interface very much and would love to stick to the plan.
02-26-2013, 11:36 PM #2
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- 02-26-2013, 11:53 PM #4
What POP3 email provider are you trying to use? Windows 8 Mail app doesn't support POP3 accounts at all, so everything would have to be routed through Outlook or Gmail. In case you weren't aware, Outlook.com is also an email service that works very nicely with Win8, WP8, iOS and Android for IMAP and/or Exchange Active Sync depending on the device. Email messages to your @outlook.com address will show up within seconds.
- 02-27-2013, 12:00 AM #5
"There is a refresh button which triggers the sync as zeroplanetz pointed out."
That's if you didn't port Gmail to Outlook.com and just add Gmail account to WP by itself. Outlook.com is almost instantly with emails from your Outlook.com but it takes forever to retrieve other POP email accounts within outlook.com. I added all my POP email accounts to outlook.com to save battery, since I only need one account to sync instead of four email accounts, but other email accounts take long to come in Outlook.com like OP said.
- 02-27-2013, 12:32 AM #8
Well, if each account is configured individually on the phone then you can set them to push, refresh every 15/30/60 minutes, or only manually. If all your accounts were set up for that final option then it wouldn't kill any of your battery because they would never contact the server until you told them to.
- 02-27-2013, 12:37 AM #9
And that if you sync on your WP and then go to outlook.com to check mail, the latest batch will be there too? If so, I one can always trigger POP retrieval using one's WP phone.
Thanks everyone for your comments.
- 02-27-2013, 01:41 AM #11
- 02-27-2013, 02:19 AM #13
Microsoft needs to change that 30 mins interval. I guess your best bet is don't use outlook.com to check your gmail.
- 02-27-2013, 03:26 AM #14
- Outlook.com automatically checks your other account for new messages every 30 minutes, and can receive up to 60 messages at a time. The remaining messages will be included in the next automatic refresh.
- The maximum size of an email message, including attachments, is 25 MB.
- You can add up to 13 POP accounts to Outlook.com.
From: Send and receive email from other accounts in Outlook.com - Microsoft Windows Help
- 02-27-2013, 03:29 AM #15
I could switch back to Gmail, yes, but I like the outlook.com web interface. And save myself the hassle of switching back too.
- 02-27-2013, 07:09 AM #18
I don't have pop accounts linked to my outlook.com, but if it's 30 minutes, that is another example of the immaturity of Outlook.com. It has a lot of potential, but MS needs to beef up some features.
02-27-2013, 07:38 AM #20
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I actually forward my GMail to Outlook and have always gotten my mail instantly (or within a minute or 2). I used the Outlook.com to "pull" my existing mail in (that part takes forever, so be patient) and then setup GMail's forward option to push incoming mail to Outlook.com - this has been working great for me.
- 02-27-2013, 08:09 AM #21
02-27-2013, 09:26 AM #22
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I have three emails on my phone individually and all set for different times. My battery lasts all day for me and I'm a medium to heavy user I would say. Now once a week I do soft rest my phone because there's leaks somewhere so if I don't then I end up with like 5hours of life. But when I do I go to bed with around 50% battery life. Best option for the battery issue I've found.
- 03-04-2013, 05:39 PM #25
On Microsoft's support forums they have said this about the WP8 Mail app:
- The Mail app will not let you create, rename, or delete folders.
- The Mail app and the phone will only be able to send using the outlook.com address.
The second point is a concern.
I'm going to set up a dummy POP mail and a test outlook.com account and head over to a shop to test all this on a Lumia.
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