What Is The Difference Between IMAP and POP3 In Email Hosting?

Have you ever tried setting up your client’s email hosting in Australia? If you have, you may have come across these technical terms: POP3 and IMAP.

You may have even set up their POP3 or IMAP mailbox and still need clarification on these terms.

So don’t worry if you feel lost with these terms, as in this article, we shall discuss in detail what these terms are and the difference between the two.

Also, before opting for an email hosting service, it’s best to get yourself domain and web hosting to ensure a robust online presence.

Understanding of POP3 and IMAP

You can look at POP3 and IMAP with the help of an example -think your email is similar to mail sent to your home, and sometimes, with standard mail, you also get some wrong mail delivered to your home(spam).

POP3 is a system helper (like your postman) which brings all your mail from the post office to your home, but once the delivery is made, it removes the copy of your mail from the post office, which disables tracking any spam letter.

On the other hand, IMAP is an advanced structure or can, say, a well-paid postman who not only brings your mail but also maintains its copy in the post office, and if there is a spam letter, then IMAP’s advanced features notify it and safeguards your system by putting it aside before it can reach your home, i.e., server.

Therefore, with IMAP, there’s a better chance to catch and deal with spam before it gets to your device because it is a more advanced protocol.

If you actually check statistics, businesses lose around 20.5 billion U.S. dollars due to spam, which gives a clear picture of the need for and importance of using protocols and strong virus filters to stop unwanted and harmful emails and as these measures safeguard our business’s financial losses, further keeping malicious content away from their communication systems.




Feature POP3 IMAP
Purpose The purpose of POP3 is to receive emails The main purpose of IMAP is to manage and retrieve emails from the server
Version The latest version is POP3 (version 3) NA
Download Method of pop3 vs imap With POP3, you can download emails to one device IMAP does not download; it reads directly from the server
Deletion on Server for pop3 versus imap With POP3 emails marked for deletion on the server With IMAP Emails stored on the server, not deleted
Access from Multiple Devices With POP3, you have a limitation of one device at a time With IMAP, multiple devices can access emails simultaneously
Internet Connection Requirement It is not necessary to read downloaded emails Necessary to view an email’s entire content
Synchronisation of Changes With POP3, when you make changes on one device, it doesn’t get reflected on others But with IMAP, changes are synchronised across devices
Local Storage With POP3, emails get downloaded on local devices On the other hand, with IMAP, emails are kept on the server
Organising Emails on the Server Cannot organise emails on the server Users can organise emails in the mailbox



If you are still confused about whether to choose IMAP or POP3, then you need to evaluate your requirements as both POP3 and IMAP have their advantages, which are suitable for different needs.

For instance, POP3 is a suitable option for users of a single device who want offline access, while IMAP can work better for users who prefer accessing their emails for multiple devices as they prefer to have synchronised access and organisation.

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