What is the difference between "IMAP" and "Google IMAP"?

Discussion in 'OS X Mountain Lion (10.8)' started by desertman, Jan 30, 2013.

  1. desertman macrumors 6502a

    Jul 14, 2008
    Arizona, USA
    I like to have my various email accounts sorted in a special way and I do this by numbering them. However, Mail disregards this order in the accounts overview of the preferences and puts my Gmail account (which is #5 of 6) on top. The list looks now like this:

    05 Google IMAP Account
    01 Non-Google IMAP Account
    02 Non-Google IMAP Account
    03 Non-Google POP Account
    04 Non-Google POP Account
    06 Non-Google POP Account

    The Google account is type "Google IMAP" (in gray below the account name), the other IMAP accounts are type "IMAP", the POP accounts are type "POP".

    Why is there a difference between "Google IMAP" and "IMAP"?

    Can I set up a Gmail account as "normal" IMAP account instead of "Google IMAP"?
  2. MarcBook macrumors 6502a


    Jul 13, 2008
    United Kingdom
    I honestly don't know for sure, but I'm gonna guess that Google IMAP supports the Archive (instead of delete) feature of the service, but normal IMAP doesn't. :confused:
  3. rezwits, Feb 1, 2013
    Last edited: Feb 5, 2013

    rezwits macrumors 6502a


    Jul 10, 2007
    Las Vegas
    There really isn't a difference to you other than

    There really isn't a difference to you other than, your OS Lion/ML recognized the IMAP provider. IMAP is IMAP, except that they (the provider) can configure their IMAP settings however they want.

    Think of it as better "handshaking" with your IMAP service.

    Right now in System Preferences there is a new Lion/ML Pane, called

    Mail, COntacts & Calendars

    They are using this to make the Providers Apple decides to work with communicate better.


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