Setting Up IMAP in Outlook 2010


Setting up IMPA for Gmail in Outlook 2010 and the benefits and advantages of IMAP

Setting Up IMAP in Outlook 2010

Overview Of its Benefits

IMAP (Internet message access protocol) is a protocol similar to POP that lets you download messages from a mail provider like Gmail so you can access your mail with a program like Outlook, Thunderbird or Apple Mail. IMAP synchronises the actions you take in your mail client with Gmail so if you read a message in your mail client, it'll be marked as 'read' in Gmail, and it syncs your 'Sent' messages so that they will be available from any computer. You can avoid duplicates and avoid reading the same mail twice. If you add subfolders in your mail client, they'll become labels that look like this: Folder/Subfolder.

This article will concentrate on IMPA for Gmail as it's the most popular.

Mail Server Settings at a glance:

POP Gmail servers for Outlook: 
- Incoming mail server: - 995  SSL
- Outgoing mail server: - 465  SSL

IMAP Gmail server for Outlook: 
- Incoming mail server: - 993  SSL
- Outgoing mail server: 587  TLS  (or 465 SSL)

Some specific advantages of IMAP over POP include:

How to set up IMAP

You may need to enable IMAP in your Gmail account first.

Open Gmail, click on the Settings menu at the top, then the 'forwarding and IMAP' tab and click on Enable IMAP, then save changes.

iPhone Settngs

When setting it up a an iPhone; go to Settings > Mail>  Add Acount. Don't select Gmail from this menu, select 'Other'. Use the IMAP settings above.


Account Settings for Outlook

In outlook 2010 Lick on File> Info> Account Settings> Add or Change.

If adding a new IMAP account then select option at the bottom to add manual settings.

Click on More Settings... Then Outgoing server tab. Tick My Outgoing Server... and Use the same settings as my incoming server.

In the Advanced tab enter 993 and SSL for the Incoming server and 587 TLS for Outgoing.

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