How to enable POP in Gmail?

Apr 9, 2013

Google’s Gmail service supports POP email access. Using POP protocol you can access your messages with an e-mail client. It means you can access and send emails right from your desktop or your mobile device. For more details on POP you can read this article. The Gmail POP service is free for all. Want to start using POP access in Gmail? Need some help in setup? If yes, read on and follow the instructions provided below.

Gmail POP

Steps to enable POP in Gmail:

  1. Log in to your Gmail account.
  2. When your account area loads press the gear icon on right side of the screen.
  3. A menu will appear. Select Settings from the menu.
  4. In the Gmail settings page, go to Forwarding and POP/IMAP tab.
  5. Look in the POP download section, select either Enable POP for all mail or Enable POP for mail that arrives from now on.
  6. In the next option where it says “When messages are accessed with POP” select one option. The first option is best.
  7. Press Save Settings button below.

Note: In the step 6 you should selection the option carefully. The first option which says “keep Gmail’s copy in the Inbox” ensures that your messages are safe on Gmail’s server even when you access them via POP. Second option “mark Gmail’s copy as read’ simply helps in removing confusion, when you access your mail account via a web browser. The third option (archive Gmail’s copy) will move emails via POP to archive. If  last option which says “delete Gmail’s copy” is selected, messages accessed via POP will be deleted from Gmail’s server. It means if you login to your mail account from another device or a web browser, you won’t find those messages. This is helpful for some, but may result in loss of messages. So, I suggest you never select that option.

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