IMAP vs. POP3

Discussion in 'iPhone Tips, Help and Troubleshooting' started by Mikey B, May 3, 2008.

  1. Mikey B macrumors 65816

    Mikey B

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    I was just wondering if most of y'all set up your accounts on mail.app as IMAP or POP3. I'm trying to figure out if one has a major advantage over the other for me.
     
  2. Queso macrumors G4

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    I use IMAP to Google Mail. If you have more than one iPhone/Mac it is the easiest way to keep the e-mail on both in sync. You can also send from any location without having to mess around with SMTP settings.
     
  3. r6girl Administrator/Editor

    r6girl

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    Wirelessly posted (my iphone: Mozilla/5.0 (iPhone; U; CPU like Mac OS X; en) AppleWebKit/420.1 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/3.0 Mobile/4A102 Safari/419.3)

    While Google allows you to choose to use either protocol with their gmail service, other email providers may not. So, you probably don't have a choice with other email accounts you have and you will need to select IMAP or POP according to what they offer, not which one you want. If you choose a protocol not supported by your email provider, it won't work because of the incorrect settings.
     

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