This is a discussion on Can you delete all old emails at once? within the LG Ally Help forums, part of the LG Ally category; Originally Posted by Ally Android Is the Yahoo account setup using the default email app? If yes, has she deleted any emails with that account ...
We're both using what came with the phone, with both Yahoo & Hotmail funneled thru Gmail. Just discovered BOTH of us have MONTHS worth of stuff in the trash. Some of it's duplicated as much as 10 times!
Gmail is one of the email apps, my directions are for the non gmail app. The trash for Gmail is on Gmails server and not the phone. Just login to Gmail from your PC and you can clean them up there.
Motorola Droid 4
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There are two main protocols of email accounts that you can set up with the Android email app: POP3 or IMAP. If you use POP3, then once you download your email from the server then it resides on the phone separately from what resides on the mail server from which you collected it. IMAP protocol retains some degree of interaction with the mail on the server. Therefore the problem for POP3 users is more pronounced then for IMAP users. IMAP users may be able to control the contents of their TRASH folder from the server side (and then the phone will mimic). POP3 users who delete downloaded emails while using the email app seemed to be doomed to deleting the contents in the TRASH folder one by one. Google Android really needs to address this issue.
I just received and installed Android update 2.2.1 - still no fix.
In the meantime...here is another forum user's suggestion to use as a work around after you deleter current TRASH contents: Here's something I pulled from another site...
"Set your phone so that it doesn't "delete the server's" copy of the email. All you have to do is never delete an email out of your inbox on your phone. When youcheck email on your pc, it will remove the email from your pop3 account and the next time you check email on your phone it will simply disapear from your inbox due to the fact that your phone's POP3 inbox only shows the current contents of your POP3 email account. This eliminates the trash folder on your phone completely because it has no contents and never starts to begin with. If you already have a bunch of email in your trash folder, just delete your account as others have stated before and put it back in."
Instead of deleting, you'd clear the data. That may do the same thing as deleting the account.
Help bring this to the attention of the ANDROID developers. There are several bug submissions that reference this issue. I suggest adding your comments to the following:
http://code.google.com/p/android/issues/detail?id=5623 (lower bug number and has more recent comments)
Go to the above link and STAR is by first logging in with your gmail account and then clicking on
" Vote for this issue and get email change notifications" which can be found at the bottom in a light blue line.
Then if you have additional gmail accounts login under each and STAR this again. Together we can get some attention to this bug.
Other related bug threads:
http://code.google.com/p/android/issues/detail?id=6629 (use the above link)
http://code.google.com/p/android/issues/detail?id=5555 (earliest bug number, but too few comments and number of people who have starred the issue)