You've come to the right place if you are ready to configure Outlook for Gmail access. Gmail is arguably the most popular email service in the world now. And Outlook is used on hundreds of millions of computers worldwide. So it only makes sense to get these two working together. It isn't hard to do either. There's really just one fundamental decision you need to make, then we can jump to the specific instructions to get the job done.
So what's the fundamental decision you need to make? You need to decide whether Outlook and Gmail should communicate using the POP3 protocol or the IMAP protocol. I know that sounds like technical gibberish, but let me explain.
The POP3 and IMAP protocols are two sets of rules for communication between computers. They will both serve to get your Yahoo mail messages into Outlook, but there are pros and cons to each.
If you already know which protocol you want to use, click one of the two links below to get to the specific step-by-step instructions you need:
POP3 or IMAP - Which Should I Use?
Without getting into all the technical details, here are the major differences between using POP3 and using IMAP...
POP3 - With POP3, your Gmail messages go into the standard Outlook Inbox with all your other mail. You get to use Outlook's full range of message handling tools and basically can treat Gmail messages just like any other messages in the Inbox. However, when you use POP3, you won't be able to use your web browser to work with your Gmail messages anymore. To avoid message duplication and general confusion, you will need to work with your Gmail messages solely within Outlook.
IMAP - With IMAP, your Gmail messages will appear in their own set of folders withing Outlook, instead of just getting dropped into your regular Inbox. Working with your Gmail messages will be slightly different than working with other messages, since things like Outlook's standard flags and categories are not supported by IMAP. On the other hand, with IMAP, your messages are synchronized between the Gmail mail servers and Outlook, instead of simply copied into Outlook. This means that you can work with your messages either in Outlook or in your web browser (very useful when you are away from your main computer) without any problems.
Want my recommendation? If you will be woring exclusively in Outlook, go with POP3. If you travel a lot, or if you want access to your Gmail messages from multiple devices (your desktop computer and your smartphone for example) IMAP is the way to go.
Now that you know the pros and cons of the two protocols, click one of the links below to get to the instructions you need.
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