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IMAP coming to Gmail

There's no word yet on the official schedule or road map for IMAP support in Gmail. Google appears to be doing a silent rollout of this feature. Some users already have it, but others don't.

There's no word yet on the official schedule or road map for IMAP support in Gmail. Google appears to be doing a silent rollout of this feature. Some users already have it, but others don't.

You can check if your account is IMAP-enabled by looking under the "Settings" link to see if your "Forwarding and POP" option is now "Forwarding and POP/IMAP." If your account is IMAP-enabled, these instructions will help you get configured.

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The tricky part here is that Gmail doesn't have proper folders. Google got around this by using labels to indicate the folder that a particular mail is in. Google's IMAP behavior chart lists the details.

According to CNET News.com, Gmail's new IMAP features is strictly catered to client-side access only:

Also, it's worth noting that the IMAP support is one-way: You can use IMAP clients to read and send your Gmail. You cannot use the Gmail interface to access e-mail from non-Google IMAP servers or from Exchange. The only non-Google e-mail servers that Gmail can access are POP machines, and you don't get any mailbox synchronization with that method.

Will IMAP support in Gmail be of any use to you?

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Paul Mah is a writer and blogger who lives in Singapore, where he has worked for a number of years in various capacities within the IT industry. Paul enjoys tinkering with tech gadgets, smartphones, and networking devices.

4 comments
paulmah
paulmah

Will IMAP support in Gmail be of any use to you?

d.esposito
d.esposito

A year ago when I first signed up w/Gmail my answer would have been a resounding yes. Prior to switching I was using IMAP to manage my corporate email in Thunderbird on 2 different PCs. Since then I've gotten used to the Gmail interface and I like being able to get my mail on any PC I happen to be at plus my Blackberry and having all my contacts in one place is a real bonus. It'll have to be pretty slick to get me to try it.

jesus4dave
jesus4dave

I think it would be awesome having the IMAP for google mails. I personally work in 65% offline Internet area... it would be so good for someone like me!