Have you heard about Gmail imap and pop3 settings? You may be wondering what these jargons are. These are basically a form of accessing email from the internet.

IMAP stands for internet message access protocol where as pop3 stands for post office protocol. POP3 is the older form of retrieving message where email messages are accessed from a remote server and downloaded in your computer with the help of an email client where as in IMAP emails are access with the help of web mail client such as “Gmail” from a remote server and emails are not downloaded in your computer.

Now let us go in detail about both these form of email settings.

For POP3 settings you need an email client in your system such as “Microsoft Outlook”, “Thunderbird” etc. where as for IMAP you don’t need to download any software. You can access with the help of web mail such as “Gmail”, “Yahoo” etc.

When you use POP3 settings to access email then the email client at first access the server at the other end and downloads the email in your computer then you can access it where as in IMAP emails are accessed from the web server with the help of web mail and the emails aren’t downloaded.

When you use POP3 then you can access from the computer where there is email client software installed where if you use IMAP settings then you can use web mail in multiple devices to access your mail at the same time.

When you sent an email using POP3 client such as outlook then the sent emails are stored in that particular computer and you won’t be able to view from another computer where as if you sent an email using IMAP web mail settings then the sent emails are stored in the server and you can view it from any other computer using web mail.

You can activate your IMAP settings in your Web mail such as “Gmail” so that you can use email client such as “Outlook Express” to view your “Gmail” files.