Using POP Instead of IMAP with Williams Gmail

Using POP with Williams Gmail is not recommended.

Special instructions for people using email in POP mode (rather than IMAP).

  1. Log into Gmail from your browser:
    • Click the gear icon  in the top right corner.
    • Select Settings.
    • Click the Forwarding and POP/IMAP tab.
    • Select Enable POP for all mail (leave the other settings as below)
    • Click Save Changes.
  2. In your mail client (Outlook, Mac Mail, Thunderbird), look for the incoming and outgoing mail server fields. The settings to change or verify are:

Why use IMAP, as opposed to POP?

From Google’s documentation:
If you’re trying to decide between using POP and IMAP, we encourage you to use IMAP.  Unlike POP, IMAP offers two-way communication between your web Gmail and your email client. This means when you log in to Gmail using a web browser, actions you perform on email clients and mobile devices (ex: putting mail in a ‘work’ folder) will instantly and automatically appear in Gmail (ex: it will already have a ‘work’ label on that email the next time you sign in).  IMAP also provides a better method to access your mail from multiple devices. If you check your email at work, on your mobile phone, and again at home, IMAP ensures that new mail is accessible from any device at any given time.Finally, IMAP offers a more stable experience overall. Whereas POP is prone to losing messages or downloading the same messages multiple times, IMAP avoids this through two-way syncing capabilities between your mail clients and your web Gmail.