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Prefer IMAP or POP3?
« on: December 26, 2014, 08:18:24 PM »
Which do you prefer and why?
A new email account I am using has both available.
While IMAP keeps material on the server, not seeing this a a major issue where one could set up POP3 to retain on server for two weeks and delete at that point.
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Re: Prefer IMAP or POP3?
« Reply #1 on: December 26, 2014, 09:31:07 PM »
I prefer imap because it synchronized read messages across different clients.  If I read an email downloaded from a pop3 account on my iPhone, it remains unread in Mail on my MacBook.  With imap, it will be marked as read on the server and will show as read in both clients.
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Re: Prefer IMAP or POP3?
« Reply #2 on: December 26, 2014, 10:51:59 PM »
As far as I was aware (and I am not an expert), IMAP is objectively better than POP3 in all possible ways.
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Re: Prefer IMAP or POP3?
« Reply #3 on: December 27, 2014, 03:23:42 AM »
I prefer imap because it synchronized read messages across different clients.  If I read an email downloaded from a pop3 account on my iPhone, it remains unread in Mail on my MacBook.  With imap, it will be marked as read on the server and will show as read in both clients.

I am trying to see which is best for me. . . .Hard drive is not an issue and I work sometimes in places with bad internet connection.
From what I understand, IMAP only downloads the headers if you do not open the message while POP3 downloads the message no matter what. Working in a bad area and looking through older messages might find a case where the original message is not accessible.
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