IMAP or POP3?
When it comes to the email server, there are two main connection types you can configure your devices. IMAP and POP3. Which is the best one to use is dependent on each businesses overall structure and future goals. One business may opt to keep their emails securely online (IMAP), whereas others may choose to download and remove the backups from the email server (POP3). Below is a brief comparison between IMAP and POP3. There are alternatives for external service providers which is the equivalent of IMAP, such as Google Workspace, that allows you to store your emails away from your hosting service provider. It is our recommendation to use IMAP as we consider the benefits. Ultimately it is each individual business what they feel is best for them.
IMAP Key Features
POP3 Key Features
Connecting Your Device
As new alternative software becomes available, the principle approach for connecting your device remains the same. Below includes a brief step by step guide on how to connect your emails using either IMAP or POP3. Before you continue, be sure to have a copy of the email configuration which includes the username, password, incoming server, outgoing server, and ports.
- Open Microsoft Office
- Left click on File and then left click on Add Account
- A pop-up should appear asking for your email, insert your email address
- Expand the Advanced Options, select Let me set up my account manually, then press Connect
- On the next screen, select either POP or IMAP
- On the next screen insert the respective details provided by your service provider (Incoming/Outgoing Mail Server, Port, Encryption Method, SPA)
- On the next screen insert your Password, then press Connect
- On the next screen Microsoft Outlook should confirm your connection success