Android Enthusiasts Stack Exchange is a question and answer site for enthusiasts and power users of the Android operating system. Join them; it only takes a minute:

Sign up
Here's how it works:
  1. Anybody can ask a question
  2. Anybody can answer
  3. The best answers are voted up and rise to the top

Both the build-in mail client (Android 2.1) and K-9 mail, display the most recent n messages received during the last m days, where m and n are configuration items. Messages older than m days are invisible.

It's certainly sensible to hide old mail my by default, but how cannot I lookup an old message in INBOX or another folder? Even if the INBOX folder is huge, retrieving all headers should be an option.

share|improve this question

In K-9 Mail, if you scroll down in your inbox, it shows the option "Load up to n more", and by repeating this you can go back further and further.

share|improve this answer
No. This only loads some subsets of the mails (I suspect recent) – Jan Oct 21 '11 at 19:14
Weird, on my phone it goes 100 mails back chronologically with each load (I've set my mailbox to show 100 latest). – onik Oct 21 '11 at 19:34

When using both features i.e. n messages in the last m days I have always found it to be buggy.

If you want to pick up loads of old messages would suggest going into the account settings for that account, removing the m days option and changing the fetching option from xKB to just headings. Would also suggest changing n messages to a higher value, one that is likely to pick up however many you want. Then refresh your account - you should get exactly what you need now.

share|improve this answer
I have set “Sync messages from” to “any time (no limit)” (which is the /m/ in your answer) but still don’t get the one old message I can access via pine (a desktop IMAP client) to show up in K-9 Mail 5.006 (using the very same IMAP settings)… – mirabilos Dec 1 '15 at 16:43

Your Answer


By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.