Pop Vs Imap Protocol

Both POP3 and IMAP protocol are used for email retrieval process.

Pop Protocol

  • Pop protocol downloads the mail from the server, stores it locally and deletes from the server.
  • POP3 is useful only when you access email from only one computer.
  • POP3 is a one-way communication.
  • All mails are stored locally and without internet connection we can access them.
  • When the mail is accidentally deleted, we cannot recover it.

IMAP Protocol

  • IMAP protocol connects the remote server, caches the mail locally and then disconnects from the server.
  • IMAP is useful when you want access e-mail from multiple systems.
  • IMAP is a 2-way communication