Draft mail issues on iPhone

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There are two draft mail boxes on the iphone MAIL app.

One is drafts (immediately under the inbox folder) and the other is Google mail drafts.  I am unable to edit emails saved under the Google mail Drafts folder even though it downloads all the draft emails that I can edit in Gmail (on the web via desktop computer).

New emails that I compose and save as a draft are saved in the first DRAFT box rather than the gmail draft box.  I am not then able to access that draft mail in GMAIL via my desktop computer.

How do I get around both of these issues?

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This isn't an issue that I've seen before. How is the account setup on your iPhone? Is it setup as an exchange account or was it setup from the off as a 'GMail' account?

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Setup as IMAP and through the iphone wizard mail setup.

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Right, I've had a look at this and it can be sorted in two ways.

You could remove the account and re-add as a GMail or exchange account.

Alternatively if you have a specific reason you want to be using IMAP you can set the drafts box to be the one on the server as follows:

Settings --> Mail, Contacts Calendars --> Name of account you want to change --> Click the button that says "Account" then the name of the account --> scroll down and click advanced --> Drafts Mailbox.

In the list you should see a [Google Mail] or [GMail] section. Under that there will be a Drafts folder. You need to select this then close out of settings.
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I thought IMAP was the selection that was required if you want the mail synched with all other devices including viewing via the web?

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Any update?  Why would I not want to use IMAP over exchange?
GMAIL setup as IMAP allows you to edit draft messages, but doesn't have push notification.  Setup as Exchange allows for push email, but you can't edit or safe drafts on the server.

The Exchange settings also allows for calendar & contacts sync if you want.  Those are enabled through the account settings.

You can setup your iPhone either way (or both if you really want)

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Does using Exchange rather than IMAP consume more battery compared to having the iphone poll the mail account every 30 min or so rather than the push method?
There is the potential for higher battery consumption using Exchange rather than IMAP, however based on your usage and the number of emails you get, it's likely unnoticeable.

If you're ok with up to a 30 min delay receiving emails, IMAP will suit you well.  If you need to know the instant an email is sent to you, Exchange is ideal.

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