stands for Post Office Protocol version 3 and is a server which stores your email. When an email is sent to you, it is stored on a server (called the POP3 server) until it is downloaded via your email client (Outlook
, Netscape Mail, etc.). The email is then downloaded on your server
into your mail client or onto your mobile device for you to read and respond to.
This is different to the IMAP email protocol, which stored the email on the server, and allows you to view it through your client, rather than by downloading it directly.
To configure a POP account, you need three pieces of information:
- The name of your ISP’s mail server that holds your email. Typically, it’s something like “mail.example.com”.
- The name of the account that you were assigned by your ISP. This may or may not be your email name, or something like it. Or something completely unrelated.
- The password to your account.
That’s it. With that properly configured, you can download the email that your ISP has been collecting on your behalf.