Gmail IMAP settings – everything you need to know

When you take a peek into Gmail’s settings, everything is fairly easy till you discover the Gmail IMAP settings and marvel what they’re used for. This article will clarify the Gmail IMAP settings and the way to configure them.

Read extra: How to configure Gmail SMTP settings


Gmail IMAP is when you need to obtain your Gmail emails to an e mail shopper in your pc, such as Outlook. IMAP will obtain the messages and sync your adjustments again to the Gmail servers so everything stays the identical.

A information to Gmail IMAP settings

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Not everyone likes to use the net model of Gmail. Some nonetheless desire the previous-long-established means of utilizing email clients reminiscent of Microsoft Outlook, iOS Mail, or macOS Mail. Some could even like utilizing the outdated and now out of date Mozilla Thunderbird. Others have employers who pressure them to use it.

If you end up within the e mail shopper camp willingly or unwillingly, then IMAP is there to make your life simpler. It’s very straightforward to arrange, as you’ll see under.

How to arrange Gmail IMAP

Go to Gmail’s Forwarding and POP/IMAP page on the desktop, scroll down until you attain the IMAP settings part, and choose Enable IMAP.

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When you’ve chosen Enable IMAP, new choices seem however don’t change any of them. Just choose Save Changes.

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To entry your e mail by means of your e mail shopper, use these configurations.

Incoming Mail (IMAP) Server
Requires SSL: Yes
Port: 993
Outgoing Mail (SMTP) Server
Requires SSL: Yes
Requires TLS: Yes (if obtainable)
Requires Authentication: Yes
Port for SSL: 465
Port for TLS/START TLS: 587
Full Name or Display Name Your identify
Account Name, User identify, or Email handle Your full e mail handle
Password Your password

Not all the knowledge could also be required. Thunderbird, for instance, doesn’t ask to your identify.

The screenshot under exhibits what the e-mail shopper configuration display ought to seem like as soon as you fill within the right Gmail IMAP choices.

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The distinction is the place your emails are saved. IMAP messages are downloaded to your native e mail shopper and synchronized with the e-mail server (on this case, Gmail). So if you ship a message with Outlook, that message will get uploaded to Gmail’s servers to sit in your Sent folder. On the opposite hand, POP solely downloads copies of your emails to your native e mail shopper. It doesn’t ship new messages again to the e-mail server.

IMAP retrieves messages out of your e mail server and downloads them to you. SMTP, in the meantime, is for sending emails from the sender (you) to one other e mail server.

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