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Can you search within email in Android?

I can't seem to find a way to search within my inboxes in the Android email client. Is there a way to do this? Right now I can only see my most recent twenty messages or something like that.

Most Useful Answer JanSt  Jan. 29, 2011 at 09:19

Not sure where my earlier reply ended up lol - but I mostly use K9 because Android's email client and Google struggle with some of my ".ie" accounts. K9 lets you search within mail and folders. The HTC modded client on the Desire HD lets you search too, but not so well imho. If email is important for you:...well, I reckon BB, S60 and winmo 6.1 and 6.5 are still superior to Android (***hiding under desk***)

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JanSt / MOD  Jan. 29, 2011 at 09:19

Not sure where my earlier reply ended up lol - but I mostly use K9 because Android's email client and Google struggle with some of my ".ie" accounts. K9 lets you search within mail and folders. The HTC modded client on the Desire HD lets you search too, but not so well imho. If email is important for you:...well, I reckon BB, S60 and winmo 6.1 and 6.5 are still superior to Android (***hiding under desk***)

Admin  Jan. 29, 2011 at 10:01

I read some feedback on K9 saying it gets really really slow to load and operate after you run it for a while. Have you had this problem also?

JanSt / MOD  Jan. 29, 2011 at 10:21

No, I haven't had any problems on the Desire HD. But t.b.h., I try many apps and tweaks, so I usually do a factory reset once a month to purge all the nonsense.

Admin  Feb. 2, 2011 at 13:50

So bit of an update here. I've been using K9 mail and testing the search it seems you can only search from the unified inbox, there is no search option in the individual inboxes. The reason I think is because it does not actually do a full search of your inboxes, it simply searches across the loaded messages in your multiple inboxes.

So I guess the question remains! Is there an Android email client that can fully search a mailbox? I am stunned this doesn't exist - it seems like a huge gap in Android's capability.

cardamon  Feb. 4, 2011 at 17:19

The "Google Mail" app, which can only support one account (the main google account that you link with your phone) does search the full inbox. Sadly, I've had to login via my browser on other email accounts to full search them.

JanSt / MOD  Feb. 4, 2011 at 18:08

So, admin,
do I understand correctly: you want to search your entire mail history as saved on the server? I'm not sure Android lets you do that? In theory I could sync ALL MY mail/folders to my winmo 6.5 HTC HD2 and do a full search. But on an Android device?
Or did I misunderstand that? You'd have to log in to the web page...

Admin  Feb. 7, 2011 at 21:30

Yep exactly. Android does not let you do that hence the problem. You CAN do this with the default mail client on iOS even though you don't see the full inbox (just like on Android in that sense).

I think this is a huge disadvantage for any serious business users or corporate clients and am frankly stunned that the platform is now a few years old but no news on bringing in proper email search.

JanSt / MOD  Feb. 7, 2011 at 22:30

Agree. Compared to Nokia's S60 and ^3 messaging client or the email client in winmo 6.1/6.5, Android is way behind. There is no app for that ;)
Why, e.g., would I want ALL the stuff in my spam folder synced to my new Android phone? When I click 'sync all', it should sync all mail in my inbox but ignore the spam/trash folders. Who could possible want the content of the Yahoo trash can sent to their phone?

Admin  Feb. 7, 2011 at 23:16

Haha it's always Symbian with you :D In K9 mail you can tell it which folders to sync or ignore btw so it does solve that. The default Android client is utter **** though.

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