POP3 or IMAP: Which Protocol to Choose?

When we create an email account in our web hosting plan, it is common for us to have doubts when configuring them in an email manager.

From our experience, we know that one of the most common questions is what type of protocol to choose: POP3 or IMAP.

Do you know what protocol POP3 or IMAP is and how are they different?

And even more importantly, do you know which one to choose in your case?

POP3 or IMAP: Which Protocol to Choose?

POP3 or IMAP: Which Protocol to Choose?


POP3 or Post Office Protocol is a protocol for receiving an email that connects the email manager or client to the server and downloads all files locally.

Advantages of using POP3

  • You save space in your hosting plan since the elements are not stored at the server level, but you have your account configured on the computer.
  • Even if you don’t have a good connection or don’t have access to the Internet directly, you can still check your inbox and prepare new items to send when you regain the connection.

Disadvantages of using POP3


Personally, IMAP, Internet Message Access Protocol, is the protocol that I would establish when configuring an email account.

Advantages of using IMAP

  • Your emails are always available, and you can access them whenever you want and from any device. It would best work if you had a good and active Internet connection.
  • All the changes you make to your mail will always be in sync and updated on all the devices you connect.
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Disadvantages of using IMAP

  • If you use a hosting plan with a fair bit of space, you could quickly fill your account and suffer outages on your website.
  • It would help if you always had an Internet connection to be able to use your email.

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