Google adds IMAP support to Gmail

After finally removing Gmail’s invite-only status and opening the service to everyone earlier this year, Google has added a little extra to keep users of mobile devices happy. As the company explains on the GMail “What’s New” page, Gmail now supports external access to e-mail via the IMAP mail protocol in addition to POP.

POP may be a more popular protocol for non-Web-based mail delivery, but IMAP has the advantage of being server-centric (all mail is stored remotely, and local changes propagate to the server), making it better-suited for users who check the same mail account from multiple systems. IMAP is supported by major mail clients as well as mobile devices like the iPhone, which seems to be one of the targets of Google’s move. The search giant has even put up a YouTube video tutorial to show iPhone owners how to set up their device to access Gmail via IMAP instead of POP.

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    • shinta
    • 12 years ago

    hmm… maybe now i can do away with the 4 inter-forwarding gmail accounts i use on my four computers.

      • BiffStroganoffsky
      • 12 years ago

      What, and lose your ‘geek’-ness?

    • SpotTheCat
    • 12 years ago

    yay! now it’s like my school email!

    edit: Hey… I don’t even have the enable IMAP option in my account settings!

      • BenBasson
      • 12 years ago

      I think they’re still in the process of rolling it out to all the accounts.

        • Saribro
        • 12 years ago

        Seems like it, don’t have any IMAP options yet either.

    • Flying Fox
    • 12 years ago

    Thank you Google! 🙂

    • ew
    • 12 years ago

    Ya! Now I can start using my gmail account.

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