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Which is better for email POP3 or IMAP?

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Posted on: Friday January 27, 2017

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POP3 is a very simple protocol that only allows downloading messages from your Inbox to your local computer. In the case of POP, you get offline access to old emails too. After downloading, the original mail is removed from the server and hence you can’t access it from another computer. Since POP3 creates local copies of emails and deletes the originals from the server, the emails are tied up with that specific machine, moreover, cannot be accessed via any webmail or any separate client on other computers. At least, it’s not possible without doing a lot of proper email forwarding and posting of the mailbox files.
Although POP3 is based on an older model of offline email, there’s no reason to call it an obsolete technology, as it does have its advantages. POP4 has been proposed and may be developed one day, although there has been not much progress in several years.







IMAP was created in 1986; it’s much more advanced and allows you to see all your folders. You can quickly view subjects and message bodies of emails. It can delay downloading larger emails, such as those with attachments until you want to view them in their entirety. The biggest advantage of using IMAP is you can access your mail from multiple mail clients and each client detects the change in real-time. Because IMAP stores emails on a remote mail server, you’ll have a limited mailbox, the size of which depends on the settings granted by the email service. If you have a huge number of emails you wish to maintain, then you may run into some problems related to the sending and receiving of mail when your box is full.
Given a choice, Pro Web Technos – Dubai would go with IMAP. That’s because IMAP offers two-way connection. Changes are synchronized with the server and you don’t have to be worried about taking your mail client with you ubiquitously. However, if you are a person who rarely checks his emails on any other computer then you can make use of POP3 too.

So from now what will you use? POP3 or IMAP?