IMAP allows you to access your email wherever you are, from any device. When you read an email message using IMAP, you aren’t actually downloading or storing it on your computer; instead, you’re reading it from the email service. As a result, you can check your email from different devices, anywhere in the world: your phone, a computer, a friend’s computer.

IMAP only downloads a message when you click on it, and attachments aren’t automatically downloaded. This way you’re able to check your messages a lot more quickly than POP.

When you add your email account to your email app, it will usually attempt to set it up with IMAP access, without any input from you.

If the email app has difficulty adding your email account, it’s usually because the email account is set up for POP access. In this case, you need to go to your email provider and find out the name of their POP and SMTP server so you can enter the info into the email app. The info usually looks something like this:

  • Incoming Mail (IMAP) Server: imap.<name of service>.com
  • Incoming (POP) Server: pop.<name of service>.com
  • Outgoing Mail (SMTP) Server: smtp.<name of service>.com
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