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My main email acount is talk talk and I currently have them set up as POP3 on two laptops phone and tablet. On my main laptop it deletes messgaes from the server on everything else it leaves the message there (so i can always store/print a copy at home if I need to)


Can i "just" change these all to Imap or do I need to set up the folders via webmail first etc . Hope that makes sense

Any opinion I give is from personal experience .

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Hi fletch,


This may help you decide:


Compared to POP3, IMAP allows users to log into many different email clients or webmail interfaces and view the same emails, because the emails are kept on remote email servers until the user deletes them.

Because IMAP stores emails on a remote mail server, you’ll have a limited mailbox size depending on the settings provided by the email service. If you have huge numbers of emails you want to keep, you could run into problems sending and receiving mail when your box is full. Some users sidestep this problem by making local archived copies of emails using their email client, and then deleting them from the remote server.



Using IMAP just means you have to be careful of the number of e-mails you keep 'in the cloud' and manually delete them.


I personally have all 'remotes' set up using IMAP and my main lappy with POP3 which then stores the e-mails locally and deletes from the server. Just means that I can never see the e-mails on the 'remotes' once they are 'downloaded' to the lappy - usually do this once a week/monthly





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  • 5 months later...

IMAP is great if you have several devices/clients accessing the one "account", but one think you NEED to relise is that if you want to have the "contents" of any "folder" or "mailbox" available on AND offline on any of the devices you need to "subscribe" to that particular folder, mailbox etc...


Also, if you use IMAP make Very sure that none of your devices have a "delete messages after x days" etc... Many people have the issue where they say "the messages were there this morning, but they're gone now" lol..


Apart from that, most of the newer mail services rely on IMAP :)

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