The concept of email has seen various changes in the last few years. Back in time, Google, Yahoo, and Microsoft used to rule the email market but users needed more customizable options. The use of their domain was perfect for personal use but businesses could use more personalized email addresses for professional communication.
What is POP or IMAP?
POP is Post Office Protocol, a protocol defining how email servers interact with email clients. POP3 downloads a certain email from the server to the computer or other digital device of the user. After the download process, that email is deleted from the server. It means that you cannot access that email from anywhere else.
IMAP (Internet Message Access Protocol) allows for the storage of an email client’s message on a remote server as opposed to just locally. This means that you can access your emails from anywhere, even with different devices. Both IMAP and POP are commonly used protocols to send and receive emails. One has the advantage of being able to access your account from anywhere while the other is mainly used for sending emails when in the location it would be impossible or too difficult to use IMAP.
Is 1and1 Webmail POP or IMAP?
There are two common types of email protocols – POP and IMAP.
IMAP is more advanced than POP as it features various modern features like push mail, but the main difference between the two is that IMAP downloads emails to your device and then deletes them on a remote server while POP downloads emails to your device and deletes them on both your device and remotely.
1and1 Webmail uses the IMAP protocol for managing email, meaning that users who opt for this service never need to worry about deleting their messages once they have been read or transferring anything onto another system. If you are using a different account with 1and1 Webmail, you may want to check if it uses the same protocol before switching.
Why is Ionos IMAP?
Below is a quick comparison of the two protocols:
POP IMAP Pros Quick and easy to set up Reading downloaded emails on multiple devices Fast downloads unlike IMAP Reliable protocol for service providers to work with Simple implementation provides universal access to email Easy to use Does not require setup or maintenance Can be used on any device including mobile phones No tracking of messages between devices Does not require user intervention Need to set up and maintain email program on each device Has a larger potential user base Cons Needs a unique address for each device Needs an internet connection when reading/sending emails Downloaded emails cannot be read on different devices Older protocol that is being phased out Has less seamless integration with other programs like Outlook Less secure in terms of preventing viruses from entering.
Ionos can be set up for POP too but it will require the manual settings of different ports. As the modern age requires more personalized and better solutions, Ionos is IMAP.