When we talk about technology, there are numerous things to think about. Before knowing the difference between IMAP and POP3, you should first understand what actually IMAP and POP3. IMAP and POP3 are the protocols for accessing emails which are stored on a mail server. These protocols help you to download messages from mail servers on your PC and you can easily access them with the help of mail clients such as Microsoft Outlook, Mozilla Thunderbird etc.
Did you know that email is a far broader complex aspect on the internet? As there is not a single technology that handles emails, you have to glance over many protocols that come up in the market in this technology-driven world.
|Basis||IMAP (Internet Messaged Access Protocol)||POP3 (Post Office Protocol)|
|Synchronization||The IMAP is always synchronized with your mail server; if you make any change in your mail client like (outlook, Microsoft or any other) then it will be automatically visible on your webmail inbox.||Under POP3 your mail client account and mail server are not synched. If you do any change in your email account then it will not reflect or transferred to your webmail inbox.|
|Sent messages saved||Sent messages can easily save on send folders and you can view sent emails from any computer or device.||Sent messages are stored on a single device and can only be accessed from a single device.|
|Managing emails||IMAP is basically designed for managing the emails on a server and leaving there only. It means if you will download any email from the server then a copy is saved on a server side.||POP3 is basically designed for email delivery and immediate deletion from the server it means that when you download a file from a server then original mail is removed from the server and you can’t access it from another device. You can also manage your emails offline.|
|Search for content||Before downloading the emails a user can easily search content of mails.||But with POP3 a user cannot access this functionality.|
|Functions||IMAP has more functions than POP3 and has more features over POP3.||POP3 has limited features and functions and is simple to use.|
If one would have given a choice then, he should go with IMAP because it offers two way connections this means the changes you have done will automatically synchronize to the server and you don’t have to worry about taking your mail client everywhere but POP3 does not provide this functionality but yes, if you are the one who hardly checks emails then you can opt for POP3.
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