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IMAP Account configuration

In this informative tutorial, we have described 10 easy steps to perform Gmail IMAP Account Configuration in Outlook 2013.

IMAP refers to Internet message access protocol, It is a message access protocol that is used by email clients such as Thunderbird, Outlook, Gmail, Yahoo mail in order to retrieve email messages over a TCP/IP connection. The current version used is IMAP version 4 revision 1. It is more enhanced and better protocol than the POP protocol.

In IMAP, The end user stays connected as long as the user interface is active unlike, In the case of POP protocol that stays connected to the server, As long as the POP protocol is downloading the email messages. IMAP also performs well in the case of slow connections and large attachments, It also results in faster response times. Outlook also provides configuration by using POP Account,, Exchange Server.

IMAP Account Configuration: Ten easy steps

Note: In the Advanced tab we can also use 143 & 465 for Incoming & Outgoing server respectively, In case if 993 & 587 are not working.


In this informative tutorial, We described a ‘10 step’ procedure of IMAP account Configuration by using a Gmail account in Outlook 2013. IMAP is more connection oriented and stable than POP protocol, As it stays connected with the end user as long as the user interface is active. IMAP protocol also allows simultaneous access by multiple end users, Also it provides the mechanism to detect changes made to the mailbox by other end users at the same time.