Gmail IMAP : Have you ever seen the Gmail IMAP settings and wondered what they were? This article explains everything about IMAP.
If you look at Gmail settings, everything is straightforward. However you are aware of the Gmail IMAP settings and are confused about what they mean, and what they are used for.
This article will explain what the IMAP settings are and how to set them up.
Gmail IMAP Settings Guide
Not everyone likes to use the online version of Gmail. Some still prefer the traditional way of using email clients such as Microsoft Outlook, iOS Mail or MacOS Mail. Some may also like to use the now-defunct Mozilla Thunderbird. There are also those who are forced to use them because their employer wants them.
If you find yourself in an email client field, voluntarily or unwillingly, then IMAP is there to make your life easier.
It is actually very easy to set up, as you will see below.
How to set up Gmail IMAP
Go to Gmail’s Transfer and POP / IMAP page, scroll down to the IMAP settings section, and select IMAP Enable.
Once you have selected Allow IMAP, new options appear. But do not change any of them. Just select Save Changes.
To access your email via your email client, use these settings.
Not all information will be required. Thunderbird, for example, does not ask for your name.
The screenshot below shows what the email client configuration screen should look like, once you have filled in the appropriate IMAP options.
Gmail supports IMAP / SMTP
This means you do not need to use the Gmail web interface! You can check your email and send messages using other email programs (such as Mailspring, Outlook Express, Apple Mail, or Mozilla Thunderbird). Using desktop email applications can improve your workflow. They usually offer many options, and your email is still available on your computer when disconnected from the Internet.