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Understand the difference between POP and IMAP email services. There are two ways that email can be delivered to your email client: POP (Post Office Protocol) and IMAP (Internet Message Access Protocol). POP is the older method of transferring email messages, and works by downloading new messages to your client and then deleting them from the server. IMAP was designed to allow you to check email from multiple devices, as messages and organization are synced between all of the clients you use.

  • There is really no practical reason to use POP if IMAP is available. IMAP is more stable, more secure, and allows you to check your email from your computer, phone, and laptop without losing any messages.

Open Outlook. When you add an IMAP email service, you’ll be able to check, organize, and manage your email in Outlook and on all of your other devices. Any changes you make in Outlook will be reflected in your other email clients.



Click the “File” tab. In the “Info” section, click the “+ Add Account” button



Click the .Advanced tab. These settings are usually correct, but you Need to Remove Marked ( Remove From Server after 14 Days ) to keep copy of Emails in Server.



Check the “My outgoing server (SMTP) requires authentication”. Select “Use same settings as my incoming mail server”. This setting is the same for nearly all email services.



Click the .More Settings… button. Click the Outgoing Server tab.



Enter your mail server information. In the Server Information section, enter in the information for your mail service. Select “IMAP” from the Account Type drop-down menu. Below is information for some of the more popular mail services:

Enter your email account information. Enter your name as well as your email address in the top section. Leave the Server Information blank for now (see next step). In the Logon Information section, enter your account User Name (usually the same as your email address) as well as the password you use to access the account



Select “POP or IMAP”. This will enable you to enter a web-based email account.

Select “Manual setup or additional server types”. This will allow you to enter any email account.

  • Note: If you’re using Gmail or Hotmail (Outlook.com), you can enter your email address and password in the “E-Mail Account” section of the Add New Account window and skip the rest of this section. Outlook will take care of the rest of the configuration for you. You can also manually set them up if you prefer by reading on.



Click .Next > after entering all of your account settings. Outlook will begin testing your settings to ensure that it can connect to the server to send and receive messages.



Wait for your messages to sync. once you’ve connected your email account, your messages and folders will begin syncing with Outlook. Depending on how many messages you have, this may take a few moments. You can monitor the process from the status bar at the bottom of the window.

  • Outlook will only have to do a major sync the first time you connect your account. After this, it will just sync any changes made from any of your email clients.