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POP VS IMAP Email , Which one is right for me ?

POP vs. IMAP what are the differences ?

If you are using Artemis  Email and are setting up your email software (e.g., Outlook, Thunderbird), you must indicate how you want to receive email—either with a POP connection or an IMAP connection.IMAP is quickly becoming the preferred method, since it gives you complete access to all email and all email folders, from multiple computers or mobile devices.  As a user of Artemis email we provide both types of connection either pop or imap for your convenience.


POP Particulars

When you check email with a POP connection, new email messages are downloaded to your computer and are then deleted from the email server.

Since your email is stored on your computer, you must be at your computer to access your email. there are settings within most email clients to leave copies of messages on the server to pull down from other devices.
STORAGE You don’t need to worry about running out of online storage space. Since you’re downloading your emails to your computer, you can keep as many emails as your computer can store.
BACKUP You should implement an effective backup system for your computer, in case you need to retrieve lost or deleted emails.
CONNECTION You will need an Internet connection to download email, but you can view your downloaded email offline (i.e., without an Internet connection).


IMAP Particulars

When you check your email with an IMAP connection, you are accessing and managing your email directly from the email server.

ACCESS Since the emails are stored on the email server, you can access and manage your email and email folders from multiple computers or mobile devices.
STORAGE If you have limited online storage space, you may need to delete some emails periodically to avoid exceeding your storage capacity.
BACKUP Email is automatically backed up every evening; so, if you accidentally delete an email, your email administrator can retrieve it—even up to 14 days later.
CONNECTION If you do not have an Internet connection, you cannot access your email.


Note: Microsoft Exchange users access their mailbox data via the Exchange server, rather than using a POP or IMAP connection.

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