How To Fix “This Message Has Not Been Downloaded” Error on iOS

Despite the prevalence of other channels of communication in today’s lightning-fast world, email remains a major one. It’s becoming common for email programmes like iPhone Mail and Microsoft Outlook to report the following error for specific messages:

Method 1: Invoke The App Again After You’ve Forcibly Closed it, Like Mail.

This Message Has Not Been Downloaded

The problem in downloading messages could be due to a brief connection problem between the iPhone’s Mail app and the email server. Here, force quitting the Mail app and reopening it could be the answer.

Step 1: Open an email that was displaying “This Message has not been downloaded from the server” when you first checked it on your iPhone by launching the Mail app.

Step 2: Next, press and hold the Home button on your iPhone until you see the Home screen. This should take between seven and ten seconds.

Step 3: Then, open up the Email programme once more to make sure everything is in order.

Step 4: If it doesn’t work, close Mail by pressing and holding the Home button, and disable Wi-Fi in the app’s settings.

Step 5: Turn on Mobile Data and restart your phone.

Step 6: Then, try opening up Mail again to see if it helps.

Method 2: Get the Most Recent Version of iOS on Your iPhone

Problems connecting to your email server may arise if your iPhone is running an older version of Apple’s operating system. Perhaps upgrading to the most recent version of iOS on your device can fix the issue. Make a backup of your iPhone before installing the update (if the update does not go well or has bugs).

Step 1: Connect the iPhone to power and a wireless network (if the update download size is a concern).

Step 2: Start up the iPhone’s settings app and navigate to the “General” menu.

Step 3: The next step is to launch Software Update and see if an iOS upgrade is available.

Step 4: If that’s the case, you need update your iOS.

Step 5: After the update has been installed, restart your iPhone and see whether you no longer have the “message not downloaded from server” problem with your inbox.

Method 3: Select 5 Lines for Email Preview.

A lot of email clients merely save the header information until the message is viewed, at which point the entire message is downloaded. The message download problem may occur if the email client is unable to download either the message header or the message body.

In this case, increasing the number of lines in the Mail preview from 3 to 5 can make the Mail app download the header and message all at once, thereby fixing the issue.

Step 1: Open Mail and go to your iPhone’s Settings.

Step 2: Click the Preview button and then choose the 5 Lines option under the Message List heading.

Step 3: Then, try downloading an email message again after restarting your iPhone to see whether the issue has been resolved.

Step 4: If it doesn’t work and you’re using custom folders to organise your emails, you may try seeing if the problem goes away if you remove a special character like a tidal (if it’s in the folder name).