How to Configure Outlook 2007 for IMAP

This is an easy way to Synch your Outlook E-mail and folders with your Phone using IMAP. The advantage of Using IMAP is that if I delete a message from my Phone it will also be deleted in Outlook, and any other device that is configured with IMAP E-mails.

Another advantage is that all your E-mails are stored in the Web mail server, so if you need to Re-format your computer or loose your phone, you are never loosing your emails or folders. if you configure your outlook or email as POP your emails will be stored in a .PST file in your computer. Meaning you always have to backup your E-mails which is the .PST file.

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What is IMAP?

IMAP, or Internet Message Access Protocol, lets you download messages from your Web mail servers onto your Computer or phone so you can access your mail with a program like Microsoft Outlook or Apple Mail, even when you aren’t connected to the Internet.

IMAP, creates a constant connection between mail clients (desktop and/or mobile) and Web mail.

What’s the difference between IMAP and POP?

Unlike POP, IMAP offers two-way communication between your web mail and your email client(s). This means when you log in to Outlook mail or Web mail using a web browser, The actions you perform on Outlook email clients or Web mail (ex: putting mail in a ‘work’ folder) will instantly and automatically appear on the mobile device  (ex: it will already have a ‘work’ label on that email the next time you sign in).

IMAP also provides a better method to Sync your mail from multiple devices. If you check your email at work, on your mobile phone, and again at home, IMAP ensures that new mail is accessible from any device at any given time. So if you Delete an E-mail through your phone. it will also be deleted on your work e-mail and at home.



I started this tech blog back in 2011 as a place to write down processes I took to fix my client systems and network. Now I write some tips and tricks to help others with the tech issues that one might encounter.

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