WHAT EMAIL CLIENT TO USE – IMAP OR POP3

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Contributor: Odinekachukwu Ishicheli

When deciding how best to access an email via a smartphone email client, most people are faced with the dilemma of guessing if POP3 or IMAP is the right email client to pick. What is the difference they wonder!

We have broken it down in the table below.

POP3 IMAP
Emails can be accessed on only one device. Emails are synchronized and can be accessed on different devices.
POP3 depends on downloading emails, which means in case of an emergency a large attachment email will take forever to open. IMAP doesn’t download your emails to your smartphone automatically except it has been set to do so.
Emails are not synchronized meaning whatever changes made on the downloaded has no backup since emails are stored on the computer or smartphone not on the web server. Emails are synchronized; meaning any changes made on a smartphone also affects the emails on the web server.

 

POP3 is an outdated protocol that would just download all your emails to your device automatically emptying the web store; whereas the IMAP would only download when you ask it too. Moreover it doesn’t download and empty the web server, it gives a duplicate on your device and syncs any changes made in your device’s email to the web server email.

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