Gmail has had POP3 for a while now and now they're taking it one step further-you can now get IMAP too! IMAP synchronises mail between the Gmail server and your local machine or devices. So now, you can have the same mails on your Gmail account on the Internet, your desktop computer, your phone and so on, as long as the mail client supports IMAP. Anything that you do to your mail from any device will be updated on the server.
So if you move a file from one folder to the other using your phone, that change will be reflected on Gmail and your mail client at home. First, enable lMAP for our accountonce you're logged into your Gmail account, go to Settings> Forwarding and POP / IMAP. Under the header IMAP Access, click Enable IMAP and click Save Changes. Next, set up IMAP for the mail client. We'll use Outlook Express since it's available on every Windows machine. You can use similar steps for any other IMAP-supporting mail client that you may use. Create a new IMAP account by going to Tools > Accounts and select Add > Mail. Enter a display name and your Gmail address.
Keep clicking Next till you reach the Window where you need to enter the server addresses. Select the server type as IMAP from the drop-down. Enter the address for incoming mail server as imap. gmail. com and outgoing as smtp. gmail. com. Click Next. Enter your account name as your mail firstname.lastname@example.org.En~r your password and proceed to finish the setup. Click on Properties for the account you just created. Go to the Advanced tab and enter the Outgoing SMTP port number as 465 and incoming as 993. Also check the boxes against This server requires a secure connection (SSL) for both the incoming and outgoing ports. Before clicking OK, go to the Servers tab and check the box against My server requires authenticationfurthe Outgoing Mail server. Click OK and click the Send! Receive button. All the folders on your Gmail server will be downloaded and you can start using your IMAP enabled GMail account.