How to enable POP3 and IMAP on your Gmail account – ABOUT MAG 2020

This post will share the techniques for performing IMAP and POP configuration in Gmail. Gmail is one of the most popular web-based email clients in the world. However, many people use multiple email accounts, and desktop-based email clients occupy a significant part of the entire count. Gmail users who also use desktop-based email clients like MS Outlook, Mozilla Thunderbird, Eudora Mail and Apple Mail, can activate IMAP and POP on their systems. When setting up IMAP and POP, users will be able to access Gmail via desktop email. Here, we’ll show you Enable POP3 and IMAP on your Gmail account.

How to enable IMAP on your Gmail account

1. Go to Gmail and click Sign in. You’ll see the login page where you need to enter your Gmail ID and password:

2. Gmail will open. click on the Gear icon located in the upper right corner of the page.

3. From the drop-down menu, select Definitions.

4. The settings page will open. Select Routing and POP / IMAP tab.

5. Users will see a section called IMAP access enable IMAP in Gmail. Here we can see that the option is disabled.

6. Select the radio button beside Enable IMAP option to set up IMAP for Gmail. After this selection, related options will appear. The link to the setup instructions will also be useful. Click the Save Changes button to start applying changes.

When users click on the Setup Instructions link, they will be redirected to a Google support page, where they will find the information below for Enable IMAP in Gmail

When setting up IMAP in any of your desktop emails, add this information when prompted.

How to enable POP in Gmail

If any Gmail is accessed from a single system, POP can be a good option. However, it does not offer real-time synchronization. Instead, emails are downloaded after a regular interval chosen by the user.

1. Log in to your Gmail account using Google account credentials.

2. On the Gmail home screen, click the gear icon in the top panel. A drop-down list of options will be displayed.

3. Click on Definitions from the list.

4. On the tabs on the Settings page, click Routing and POP / IMAP.

5. In the Download POP section, users can enable POP in Gmail by selecting Enable POP for all mail or Enable POP for all mail that arrives from now.

6. Users can also choose what happens to emails after enabling POP. They can also select the Setup Instructions link to obtain the necessary POP settings for desktop email. Finally, click Save Changes.

Enable POP3 and IMAP in your Gmail account: frequently asked questions

Here are some of the issues users often face while you activate IMAP and POP on your Gmail account.

1. “My emails are being deleted from Gmail.”

Ans: This problem usually occurs due to incorrect POP configuration. To fix it, go to the Forwarding and POP / IMAP Settings page to check the settings in the POP Download section. If any of the options “archive copy of Gmail” or “delete copy of Gmail” is selected, deselect it.

2. “My email client is crashing or downloading is taking too long.”

Ans: This happens when a large number of emails are downloaded at the same time. Update IMAP settings to not sync unnecessary folders and sync folders containing no more than 10,000 emails. If that doesn’t work, users can also try to remove and re-add the Gmail account to the desktop-based email client.

3. I am getting an error message that says, “The account has exceeded the POP command or bandwidth limits.”

Ans: The reason for this error is the frequent access to your Gmail account by POP clients. Users can correct this by changing the configuration and ensuring that the customer does not check for new emails too often.

4. “Error” Finding too many simultaneous connections “”

Ans: IMAP allows a maximum of 15 connections for an account. If many desktop emails are collecting messages from Gmail at the same time, this error may appear. To resolve it, try to sign out of some clients or devices.

Paula Fonseca