I have a gmail account connected via IMAP to the iPhone 4. For some reason it shows a folder named "starred" which I cannot delete, move, nor find via the web interface in gmail. Can anyone tell me how to get rid of it?

Edit: in the properties of gmail, I have unchecked both "Important" and "Marked" folders via visible in IMAP, but that had no impact. Same goes for "All Mails", which I also cannot get rid of.

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The starred folder is used for flagged e-mails. If you don't want this folder to show up in the mail.app you have to change the preferences directly in the Gmail web interface.

Go to preferences and choose the label tab. There you can uncheck show in IMAP. After the next synchronization, the folder should be gone.

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  • That field is unmarked, yet the folder still appears.
    – SinisterMJ
    Mar 27, 2013 at 10:42
  • This option does not show for Google Apps for Business accounts Apr 20, 2016 at 19:23
  • This option is present only if you check IMAP access in Forwarding and POP/IMAP settings
    – pdaawr
    Jan 31, 2022 at 10:49

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