Should I use IMAP or POP?

Ultimately the choice between using IMAP or POP connections in your mail client would be a matter of personal preference, though you should keep in mind that each type behaves a bit differently:


POP


  • Downloads email messages to local device, then removes messages from server (unless configured otherwise in program settings)
  • 'SENT' messages stored in mail program only, so devices connecting to the same email account can't see messages sent from (i.e. laptop would only see messages sent from laptop; phone would only see messages sent from phone; etc.)
  • Folders are local to device, and are not shared with other devices connecting to the account


IMAP


  • Syncs messages in mail client with server
  • 'SENT' messages folder syncs with server, so all devices connecting would see all sent mail (keep in mind, some devices like iPhones may not sync sent mail by default; please refer to Apple documentation for your device)
  • Folder structure is synced with the server, so all devices would utilize the same custom folders within the Inbox

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