I import mail from another mail account/server into my Gmail.

I do not want to save a copy on this other server. I went into Gmail settings → Accounts and clicked edit info next to my external account and made sure that the box was unticked.

But it still saves a copy on the other server and now it's dangerously filling up that mailbox. Any ideas on how to truly delete that other copy on the other server?

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Gmail imports emails from other accounts via POP, which doesn't sync email states. Though Gmail asks the other domain not to retain the copy, ultimately, it's up to the other domain:

Gmail will instruct the other domain to leave the messages in place, though the final behavior is up to the other domain.

Your options include:

  • Manually delete the emails from the other server.
  • As JMax mentions, some servers have the option of "Autodelete after x days", worth investigating that.

Although I should point out that Gmail itself doesn't seem respond to the "delete from this server" option.

  • The other option is to change settings on the other web account (something like "Keep messages on server for X days") - nice answer and +1 btw – JMax Aug 17 '12 at 7:11
  • @JMax that's a valid point - I'll add that. thanks! – Sathyajith Bhat Aug 17 '12 at 7:26

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