Never POP If You Can IMAP – All About Your Email Setup
We’ve been setting up a lot of OE Classic email programs lately and we’ve learned that many people don’t realize there’s a big difference between POP3 email protocol and IMAP email protocol.
Whenever you set up an email app or program on any device, always set it up using IMAP instead of POP3 protocol. And if your ISP is still living in the dark ages and does not offer IMAP, get yourself a Gmail or Outlook/Hotmail account and use IMAP.
We’re going to put everything in a nutshell for you – and make it as clean, neat, and understandable as we can.
POP Protocol (usually POP3)
Downloads emails from a mail server for permanent storage on your computer or other devices. If your computer crashes, you will lose all your email that you don’t have backed up.
IMAP Mail Protocol
Leaves all your emails on the server. IMAP allows you to use different devices to check your emails. In other words, you can check your email from your Windows PC, your smartphone, or your tablet from anywhere. Your emails are always synchronized and will instantly appear in your webmail inbox no matter which device you use. If your computer crashes, you won’t lose your email, even if you don’t have them backed up.
So, now you know why you always want to use IMAP protocol when setting up your email on your Windows PCs and other devices including smartphones and tablets.
And remember: Never pop if you can IMAP.