Setting up an IMAP email account in Apple Mail

Internet Message Access Protocol (IMAP) is a protocol for email retrieval and storage. Unlike POP email where mail is downloaded to your computer, IMAP leaves email on the mail server and allows multiple devices to simultaneously connected to the same mailbox. Useful if you need to share your mailbox, or if you need to check your email at the office and at home, or while on the move.

Setting up a POP email account in Apple Mail

POP3 is the standard way to check email. Messages are downloaded straight to your computer’s mailbox. The other, newer, method is IMAP where email is stored on a server remotely, useful if you wish to check email from multiple devices as it is a way of syncing a mailbox). Below are the instructions for setting up a POP email account in Apple Mail.