What is the difference between POP3 and IMAP?

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What is the difference between POP3 and IMAP?

POP3 and IMAP are two different protocols used to access email. POP3 and IMAP function very differently and each has its own advantages. POP3 is useful in checking emails from a computer that is in a specific location. IMAP is the better option when you need to check your emails from multiple locations, such as at work, from home, or on the road, using different computers.

Given below are the differences between POP3 and IMAP.

POP3 - Post Office Protocol IMAP - Internet Messaging Access Protocol
You can use only one computer to check your email You can use multiple computers to check your email
Your mails are stored on the computer that you use Your mails are stored on the server
Outgoing email is stored locally on your PC Outgoing email is filtered to a mailbox on the server for accessibility from another machine.




 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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Last updated: 08-31-2012
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