Gmail IMAP: How To enable Gmail IMAP?

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Gmail IMAP is an Internet Message Access Protocol that lets you download Gmail mails on to your desktop mail clients like Microsoft Outlook Express or Apple Mail, and access or read them even when you are not connected to the Internet.

Google’s Gmail supports both POP3 and IMAP access.We earlier covered an article on how to enable Gmail POP3 and configure Gmail POP3 & Gmail SMTP settings to access Gmail mails.In this article, we will cover the steps to enable Gmail IMAP.

How is Gmail IMAP protocol different from Gmail POP3 protocol?

Gmail IMAP is a better method than POP3 protocol, as it offers two-way communication between your web Gmail and your email client(s). This means when you log in to Gmail using a web browser, actions you perform on email clients and mobile devices, for example putting mails in a ‘work’ folder, will instantly and automatically appear in Gmail i.e. it will already have a ‘work’ label on that email the next time you sign in. IMAP makes this possible as it creates a constant connection between mail clients (desktop and/or mobile) and Gmail.

POP3 protocol is more prone to losing messages or downloading the same messages multiple times. Unlike POP3, IMAP provides a more stable user experience primarily due to its two-way syncing capabilities between web Gmail and mail clients.

How to enable Gmail IMAP?

  • Log on to your Gmail account.
  • Click “Settings” at the top of the Gmail page.
  • Next, Click “Forwarding and POP/IMAP”.
  • Select “Enable IMAP”.
Gmail IMAP

That is all! Gmail IMAP has been enabled for Gmail account.You may Configure your mail client (MS outlook 2003, Outlook 2007, Apple Mail, Windows Mail, etc) or mobile devices (Android, Iphone, blackberry, Windows Mobile, symbian etc.) for IMAP settings and start accessing your Gmail mails.

Enable and enjoy Gmail IMAP access!

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