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Choosing Between POP3 and IMAP 

POP3 and IMAP Demystified

POP3 (Post Office Protocol) and IMAP (Internet Message Access Protocol) are two different email protocols. Both allow you to access your emails offline from your preferred email client. Intersessions supports both POP3 and IMAP email protocols.

POP3 vs. IMAP: Technology

  POP3 always downloads all new emails to your local computer.

  IMAP downloads message subject lines and does not download the entire message until you explicitly select it.

POP3 vs. IMAP: Email Inbox Display

  POP3 "Inbox".

  IMAP preserves your folder structure.

POP3 vs. IMAP: Multi-Computer Access

  POP3 is useful if you only access your email from one computer, since the email is typically downloaded locally.

  IMAP allows email to be manipulated from a desktop computer at home, a workstation at the office, and a notebook computer while traveling, without the need to transfer messages or

POP3 vs. IMAP: Email Storage

  With POP3, your emails can be automatically erased from the server after they are downloaded freeing up space in your account.

  IMAP keeps all emails on the server until you erase them.

 

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