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Changing email from IMAP to POP3

Most email accounts will automatically set up a download from your server ( into your resident email program (ie outlook, gmail, thunderbird, msn, etc.) using the IMAP method.  The IMAP method retains all your emails on the server, as well as your email program and syncs them.  If you delete an email from your resident program, it also gets deleted from the server, and vice versa.  The drawback is that if you don’t regularly delete emails, your server email account will begin to fill up rather quickly.

Therefore, we recommend that when you set up your email account to download from the server, you set it up as a POP3 account, with an instruction on your resident email program to “delete from server” once the email has downloaded, or every so often (ie 10 days).  That way, you won’t incur possible additional charge from your hosting service for using up space, as your webmail account fills up.

Click here to read more about the differences between IMAP and POP3.

If you already have an email account using IMAP, here are several resources to show how to change over from IMAP to POP3.

For MS Outlook, click here for steps to follow in changing from IMAP to POP3 for Outlook 2007 and 2010.

Here is another tutorial for MS Outlook:

Here is a good website for a tutorial about setting up a POP3 account in Outlook.

Watch for more information coming soon!