[APP][5.0+] FairEmail - Fully featured, open source, privacy oriented email app

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Oswald Boelcke

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@M66B Marcel, screenshoot of today from the German speaking play store (accessed via Aurora). I think that looks great as 5.0 is impossible with so many comments that occasionally can be called reviews.
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M66B

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I have just added decoding of link addresses in the link confirmation dialog of links in this form:

Code:
https://.../link-tracker?redirectUrl=<base64>&sig=...&iat=...&a=...&account=...&email=...&s=...&i=...

The "<base64>" contains the real link in encoded form.

There isn't documentation for things like this, so I add what I see and get reported. In other words, please report things like this.
 

George_FOSS_Lover

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Hello. I am a Pro FairEmail user for 1.5 years. Version 1.1923a from Github. Android 10 with LG Stylo 5.
This is an app behavior question. I read an email from the combined inbox, and then a call comes in, so the app goes to background, and when I want to go back to that email, I select a particular email account, and then the inbox, or special folder, but that email has been marked Read, and I cannot find that email anymore. Why does selecting a particular folder in a particular account it only shows me "unread" emails? Why does It never allow me to see an email that I have already seen? How can I change the behavior or select the folder a different way to find that email again?

I appreciate Fair Email very much and if I need to donate more to encourage you to continue, I will find that button and do it.
 

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Hello. I am a Pro FairEmail user for 1.5 years. Version 1.1923a from Github. Android 10 with LG Stylo 5.
This is an app behavior question. I read an email from the combined inbox, and then a call comes in, so the app goes to background, and when I want to go back to that email, I select a particular email account, and then the inbox, or special folder, but that email has been marked Read, and I cannot find that email anymore. Why does selecting a particular folder in a particular account it only shows me "unread" emails? Why does It never allow me to see an email that I have already seen? How can I change the behavior or select the folder a different way to find that email again?

I appreciate Fair Email very much and if I need to donate more to encourage you to continue, I will find that button and do it.
I'm guessing as I don't know for sure. I don't know the app as well as others but I did find one thing that could cause it (it's possible there are other places to but I thought I'd take a look to see what I could find). Go into the inbox or special folder. Click on the three dots in the upper right hand corner. Click on "filter out" and make sure read is unchecked. When I check read under "filter out" it hides all read emails.
 
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mkasimd

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This is an app behavior question. I read an email from the combined inbox, and then a call comes in, so the app goes to background, and when I want to go back to that email, I select a particular email account, and then the inbox, or special folder, but that email has been marked Read, and I cannot find that email anymore. Why does selecting a particular folder in a particular account it only shows me "unread" emails? Why does It never allow me to see an email that I have already seen? How can I change the behavior or select the folder a different way to find that email again?

I appreciate Fair Email very much and if I need to donate more to encourage you to continue, I will find that button and do it.
Perhaps, you have added a server-side filter with your email provider or a FairEmail rule to move read mails to a different folder or ro delete them? I'd advise you to look into this.

Or it's as simple as Chris' answer :D
 

maybeme2

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Very longtime user and supporter of Fairemail.

Lately, my gmail account in FE has intermittent trouble downloading its rare messages. See attached image 1. What is funny is that if, within Fairemail, I go to the gmail inbox and refresh, it downloads properly (in this case there were no new emails) and the error message disappears (see screenshot 2).

Not really.a problem. Just to see if others have seen this behavior. The gmail account in Fairemail was created using Fairemail's wizard. I also use Netguard which might be interfering?
 

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M66B

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Very longtime user and supporter of Fairemail.

Lately, my gmail account in FE has intermittent trouble downloading its rare messages. See attached image 1. What is funny is that if, within Fairemail, I go to the gmail inbox and refresh, it downloads properly (in this case there were no new emails) and the error message disappears (see screenshot 2).

Not really.a problem. Just to see if others have seen this behavior. The gmail account in Fairemail was created using Fairemail's wizard. I also use Netguard which might be interfering?
This probably means that the Android account manager can't access the internet to refresh the access token.
This could be caused by using a VPN, firewall, ad blocker, etc.

A possible workaround is to use an app password, please see here:

https://github.com/M66B/FairEmail/blob/master/FAQ.md#user-content-faq6
 
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George_FOSS_Lover

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Please check the sort options too.
You were right - I found the sort options set to unread. Thank you for helping me find that.

Second NEW topic - Storage on Android Phone: I enjoy FairEmail very much - and I have 7 email accounts configured and over 12,000 (unread) messages. I am looking for ways to reduce the space taken on the main storage of the android phone - over 2GB out of a total of 16GB on the phone. I know I have too many email accounts. I have visited each folder and set the value of days held on device down from 60 to 45 to 30 to 20, but the space used on the phone does not seem to decrease.

I found the FAQ that talked about "build search index" and I turned that off, and that saved 180MB - and that is good. But I am still seeking more ways to reduce the space taken by Fair Email - is it maintaining a list of metadata of all emails on the server? If the email is older than 60 days or the threshold set for each folder, then I thought that email or metadata would be removed and start to save some space on local phone storage.

Thank you for the support on the sort options - that was very helpful.
I will be preparing another donation for an excellent software product! Thanks again!
 

mkasimd

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You were right - I found the sort options set to unread. Thank you for helping me find that.

Second NEW topic - Storage on Android Phone: I enjoy FairEmail very much - and I have 7 email accounts configured and over 12,000 (unread) messages. I am looking for ways to reduce the space taken on the main storage of the android phone - over 2GB out of a total of 16GB on the phone. I know I have too many email accounts. I have visited each folder and set the value of days held on device down from 60 to 45 to 30 to 20, but the space used on the phone does not seem to decrease.

I found the FAQ that talked about "build search index" and I turned that off, and that saved 180MB - and that is good. But I am still seeking more ways to reduce the space taken by Fair Email - is it maintaining a list of metadata of all emails on the server? If the email is older than 60 days or the threshold set for each folder, then I thought that email or metadata would be removed and start to save some space on local phone storage.

Thank you for the support on the sort options - that was very helpful.
I will be preparing another donation for an excellent software product! Thanks again!
Perhaps you have downloaded some attachments previously. Go to the miscellaneous settings and activate deleting attachments of old emails. Also, feel free to delete all temporary files while at it.

Also, messages that you starred or marked as high priority might not be deleted even after the sync time interval passes depending on your settings.
 

M66B

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You were right - I found the sort options set to unread. Thank you for helping me find that.

Second NEW topic - Storage on Android Phone: I enjoy FairEmail very much - and I have 7 email accounts configured and over 12,000 (unread) messages. I am looking for ways to reduce the space taken on the main storage of the android phone - over 2GB out of a total of 16GB on the phone. I know I have too many email accounts. I have visited each folder and set the value of days held on device down from 60 to 45 to 30 to 20, but the space used on the phone does not seem to decrease.

I found the FAQ that talked about "build search index" and I turned that off, and that saved 180MB - and that is good. But I am still seeking more ways to reduce the space taken by Fair Email - is it maintaining a list of metadata of all emails on the server? If the email is older than 60 days or the threshold set for each folder, then I thought that email or metadata would be removed and start to save some space on local phone storage.

Thank you for the support on the sort options - that was very helpful.
I will be preparing another donation for an excellent software product! Thanks again!
Try to run the cleanup via the button in the miscellaneous settings.

In addition: force sync the folders (long press on a folder in the folder list of an account for this option).
 

xdaTanjiro

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Hi, does anyone know is there a way to filter and show all the emails from a specific sender. perhaps with a shortcut or something from within an email? (eg. by long clicking in the sender)

I would like to quickly show all emails from the sender and delete them all.

Thanks!
 

M66B

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Hi, does anyone know is there a way to filter and show all the emails from a specific sender. perhaps with a shortcut or something from within an email? (eg. by long clicking in the sender)

I would like to quickly show all emails from the sender and delete them all.

Thanks!
Expand the addresses section between the message header and message text and tap on the magnifier glass.
You can add a button for this too via the horizontal three-dots menu, configure buttons.
 
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xdaTanjiro

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Expand the addresses section between the message header and message text and tap on the magnifier glass.
You can add a button for this too via the horizontal three-dots menu, configure buttons.
That's neat! Thanks for the quick reply :D

Also I like the ability to use a button for this, configured it right away! Very useful trick indeed 👍👍👍
 

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    Version 1.1927 is available on GitHub now.

    Changelog/download:
    https://github.com/M66B/FairEmail/releases

    I forgot to update the release name in the app, Kinnareemimus, which will be fixed in the next release.
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    Very longtime user and supporter of Fairemail.

    Lately, my gmail account in FE has intermittent trouble downloading its rare messages. See attached image 1. What is funny is that if, within Fairemail, I go to the gmail inbox and refresh, it downloads properly (in this case there were no new emails) and the error message disappears (see screenshot 2).

    Not really.a problem. Just to see if others have seen this behavior. The gmail account in Fairemail was created using Fairemail's wizard. I also use Netguard which might be interfering?
    This probably means that the Android account manager can't access the internet to refresh the access token.
    This could be caused by using a VPN, firewall, ad blocker, etc.

    A possible workaround is to use an app password, please see here:

    https://github.com/M66B/FairEmail/blob/master/FAQ.md#user-content-faq6
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    Hi, does anyone know is there a way to filter and show all the emails from a specific sender. perhaps with a shortcut or something from within an email? (eg. by long clicking in the sender)

    I would like to quickly show all emails from the sender and delete them all.

    Thanks!
    Expand the addresses section between the message header and message text and tap on the magnifier glass.
    You can add a button for this too via the horizontal three-dots menu, configure buttons.
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    Version 1.1901 is available on GitHub now and in the Play store test program after Google's approval.

    Changelog/download:
    https://github.com/M66B/FairEmail/releases

    This version fixes all reported bugs and there is a small behavior change: scrolling to the end of a list or message will show the compose or answer button now, without needing to scroll in the other direction again.

    Google's privacy and policy team confirmed the approval of the app. For more news, please see here.
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    Dear Marcel,

    I've only discovered the various drama that have affected both your personal and dev lives because I hadn't been on this forum for months and hadn't updated FE for quite some time (FE is so good and already satisfies my needs well enough that I don't feel the need to upgrade too often). So reading backwards through 40+ pages of this thread was a shock to me.

    First, I hope your GF keeps recovering. Life in good health is so precious.

    Second, I want to reiterate my strong support to you. FE is by far the best email client out there. I couldn't manage my multiple accounts without it and would be quite desperate/sad should its support end. And you Marcel are the nicest and most dedicated dev I've ever "met" either virtually (through public forums such as XDA) or in person (at my workplace). So, whatever the next steps I want to warmly thank you!

    I hope you'll be able to learn how to become insensitive (or less sensitive) to unfair negative comments (this earth is full of as***les and you have no control over this). You should only feed yourself with positive energy received from all the good people who love and respect you and your fantastic work.

    You're having a strong positive impact on people: not only the daily happy users of your apps, but also now beyond. Your story has been in the media, and now it's seems that some political parties or lobbies could use your story to encourage the EU increase their support towards independent dev, FOSS, etc...
    So now you're reaching a new iconic status, and you'll have to learn to live with it! 😇😉

    Sending more positive energy ❤️❤️❤️ from France
    Thanks.

    My girlfriend is slowly recovering, although frustratingly slow (especially for herself).

    I never wanted an "iconic status", and only wanted to help people protect their privacy because in my opinion this was and still is necessary, but I guess it is what it is and that I need to deal with it now. Maybe it helps to increase awareness about privacy matters though, which would be a good side.

    I like to thank the many people who have been rather supportive last week. This is the main reason why I am continuing.
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    Version 1.1923 1.1924 is available on GitHub now and in the Play store test program after Google's approval.

    Changelog/download:
    https://github.com/M66B/FairEmail/releases

    The option to suppress notifications while on a call (recently added) has been replaced by delaying notifications until after having ended the call instead. This way there isn't a risk that important new messages will be missed or seen too late. This option is available on Android 12 and later only because earlier Android versions do not have the requires APIs.
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    Version 1.1901 has been released to the Play Store as a "production" version after confirmation from Google's privacy and policy team. It may take a few hours or more before FairEmail is available again worldwide in the Play Store.

    https://faircode.eu/faq.html
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    Version 1.1904 is publicly available in the Play store now. I guess Google has pushed some buttons.
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    FairEmail
    Open source, privacy friendly email app for Android

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    See here for a description:
    https://github.com/M66B/open-source-email/

    See here for screenshots:
    https://email.faircode.eu/#screenshots

    Downloads:
    https://github.com/M66B/open-source-email#user-content-downloads

    Frequently asked questions:
    https://github.com/M66B/open-source-email/blob/master/FAQ.md

    Please read this before requesting a new feature:
    https://github.com/M66B/FairEmail/blob/master/FAQ.md#user-content-get-support

    This XDA thread is about using the latest version of FairEmail.

    For support on authorizing an account you should consult the documentation of your provider, see also here.

    Off topic comments are allowed as long they are related to FairEmail and are in the general interest of the followers of this thread.

    Discussion of purchases is not allowed here, please contact me via here instead.
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    How was the call with Google today, Marcel?

    Google was pretty friendly and cooperative and told me the favicons are indeed the problem, and it can/should be fixed by updating in the privacy policy to "disclose how your app accesses, collects, uses, and shares user data":

    Privacy Policy​

    All apps must post a privacy policy in both the designated field in Play Console and within the app itself. The privacy policy must, together with any in-app disclosures, comprehensively disclose how your app accesses, collects, uses, and shares user data, not limited by the data disclosed in the Data Safety section. This must include:
    • developer information and a privacy point of contact or a mechanism to submit inquiries
    • disclosing the types of personal and sensitive user data your app accesses, collects, uses, and shares; and any parties with which any personal or sensitive user data is shared
    • secure data handling procedures for personal and sensitive user data
    • the developer’s data retention and deletion policy
    • clear labeling as a privacy policy (e.g., listed as “privacy policy” in title)
    The entity (e.g., developer, company) named in the app’s Google Play listing must appear in the privacy policy or the app must be named in the privacy policy. Apps that do not access any personal and sensitive user data must still submit a privacy policy.

    Please make sure your privacy policy is available on an active URL (no PDFs) and is non-editable.

    So, I have updated the privacy policy and added this new table:

    https://github.com/M66B/FairEmail/blob/master/PRIVACY.md#summary-of-shared-data

    I am not sure if it covers everything, so feedback is more than welcome. @mkasimd maybe you can take a look?

    Note that I have also enabled BIMI, Gravatars, Libravatars and favicons for the Play store version again.

    The short term goal is to release a Play store test version (and associated GitHub version) and to get the update approved. I will think about the next steps after this has been accomplished. Given the huge number of supportive messages I received (much appreciated!) the project will be continued in some form in any case.
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    Version 1.1900 is available on GitHub now and in the Play store test program after Google's approval (which is the main goal of this release).

    Changelog/download:
    https://github.com/M66B/FairEmail/releases

    My girlfriend is slowly recovering too :)
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    It is time for a new, modern, open source, privacy friendly email client for Android.

    I have just released a first alpha version for feedback on the design and features.

    Not for production use yet!

    Most of the stuff basically works, but be prepared for crashes and error notifications.


    Safe email is a working name, but it is for several reasons not a convenient name, so suggestions for a name are welcome.
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    I have just released alpha version 0.15

    Changelog/download:
    https://github.com/M66B/open-source-email/releases

    With a bit of luck the next version can be a beta version.

    I am putting a lot of effort into this project, so thanks are appreciated.