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Move Email from POP3 to IMAP

Move Email from POP3 to IMAP

I had a client who had downloaded all the email from his email server using POP3 (post office protocol). Now, he couldn't see any of his old emails using webmail on another computer, since all the email was now on his laptop. He asked me for help, and I figured the easiest way to solve his problem was to put all his email back onto the mail server and have him use the IMAP protcol to grab his email. That way, his email stays on the mail server, and he can check things from anywhere he is, including his mobile phone, a friend's computer, the library, etc. He agreed this would be a good idea. The problem was, he had over a gigabyte of email already on his computer. How were we going to get it back on his mail server?

This actually turns out to be an easy fix. In Outlook, I created another email account with the exact same information as his first email account. The only thing different was, I made it an IMAP account instead of POP3. I made sure it worked, and then, in Outlook, I made sure his POP3 account was configured not to go online anymore. Then, I selected all his email from his old POP3 account and dragged it into his new IMAP account's Inbox. After a few minutes, all of his email was back on his mail server. That's because IMAP is a two-way protocol. It can push and pull email. I made sure his POP3 account was empty and then deleted it. Problem solved.


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