I receive my e mails on an I phone, an I pad, a laptop and a computer. I may look at them on any one of these. I realise that you must place recent: before the e mail address to ensure the mails stay on the server but I have noticed that 'the colon symbol' is not an option on the keyboard offered when composing an e mail. This is easy to work around by pasting in a colon from word or similar. However Apple will not recognise as a a valid e mail an address with a colon in it. I will be contacting Apple but is there any other way I can keep messages on the server without using the recent: route
And please bear in mind that the use of the word "recent" was a peculiarity of the Google based e-mail platform which VM ceased to use in 2015 when Google unilaterally withdrew its e-mail services for ISP. It has no use or relevance now. If you try to use it you will "mess up".
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Actually the opposite is the case as the VM email system ignores delete commands when using POP3. As Howard says the use of recent: is now redundant and is ignored by the VM servers.
Using IMAP a delete command will delete the email from the server whichever device issues the command.
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