IMAP will be your best choice.
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Here's a few examples,
Using IMAP, If you were on your iPhone connected to your mail account
and your husband was on the computer and connected to the same mail
account, each action taken by either one of you, will be reflected in
the others view.
That is to say, if you delete a message, the message will be deleted
from your husbands PC and the other way around.
Using POP3, if you were to delete a message, it would still be on your
husbands computer and the other way around.
If the server is set to deliver mail and delete any copies after the
transaction, one device, either your iPhone or your husbands computer
would have all of the new e-mail locally, and when the other person
went to check the mail it would look to be empty.
If the server keeps emails on the server after checking for new mail,
it would be possible for the server, the iPhone and the computer to
all show a different selection of e-mails depending on which ones you
saved, moved or deleted.
That could end up being a big mess, use IMAP!
On 7/30/21, Marilyn and Don Bilderback <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
We keep it simple and both use the same Email. No secrets after 58 years
From: main@TechTalk.groups.io <main@TechTalk.groups.io> On Behalf Of Alex
Sent: Friday, July 30, 2021 12:42 PM
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] Email Question
Tat’s not an easy question to answer. Would they both be using the same
email account, or different ones?
On 30 Jul 2021, at 20:40, Marilyn and Don Bilderback
Well, what happens in an instance where one person has an iPhone and
uses Email and the spouse only uses the computer for Emails? Would
Pop or iMap-- Be the right choice? iMap Original Message-----
From: main@TechTalk.groups.io <main@TechTalk.groups.io> On Behalf Of
John Holcomb II
Sent: Friday, July 30, 2021 5:15 AM
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] Email Question
I’m not here to decide what is best for you but let me explain something
If you use iMap then whatever happens server side will apply to every
device you use at the same time.
Let’s say you get a message on your thunderbird and open it and read it
Once you go to your phone, the same message will be there and it’ll be
marked as read.
Let’s say you open a message on your phone, read it , then reply to it.
Your message will be marked as replied, you’re reply be put into a
Let’s say you then go to your PC. You’ll see the same message, but it’ll
be marked as replied, and you’ll see it in the sent folder, just as you
would on your phone.
This applies to anything you do using email.
Deleting messages, forwarding messages, creating folders, literally
See the advantage of iMap is that it doesn’t matter what device you do
I used to use Pop3 some while back, but see this is exactly why IMAP
For this very reason. For people who have and use multiple devices.
this way you don’t have to worry about what you open where and when.
This way you don’t have to think, hmm. Did I open the mail on my PC, is it
on my phone? Where is it?
Where is the reply?:
It also just makes managing mail a lot easier.
IMAP is made for multiple device/web access.
No mattter if you do these things on your thunderbird, or your phone, or
the web interface, the server will keep track of everything that is done
and it’ll be mirrored across devices. I did read the thread, but not sure
if anyone explains in greater detail the advantages of imap.
In case they didn’t, that’s why i wrote you here.
I’d personally a advise you switch to iMap with your mails. It’ll make
life a lot easier for you, in my opinion.
Sent from my iPod
On Jul 30, 2021, at 2:57 AM, Shelly Kane <email@example.com>
Thank you so much for explaining this to me. I use a pop3 account and
have for years. Now at least I understand what's going on. I wouldn't
use my phone that much for email. I was just looking into it. If I
don't download my mail right away onto Thunderbird, I can see it on the
web or my phone. I have no idea how to use IMap so I would rather stick
with the pop3 which I know. Thanks so much for your help.
On 7/29/2021 7:51 AM, Ron Canazzi wrote:Hi There,
You must have your mail account set to imap for this to woork properly.
Imap will automatically leave a copy on the server of all received mail.
With pop3, all e-mail is downloaded just one time and nothing is left
on the server.
I forget what mail account you have, so i can't help any more than
On 7/29/2021 4:28 AM, Shelly Kane wrote:
I have a complicated question about my email and hope someone can
answer this. I tried putting my email account on my phone last night
so I can start looking at it and not get on the computer all the time.
So after I got it all set up, it worked great. The mail downloaded
just fine and I wanted to make sure it still worked in Thunderbird
because I use the computer more. It downloaded in Thunderbird just fine
but here's the problem. When I went back on the phone to see if the
mail was in both places, Thunderbird blocked it. My phone had no email
on there. It was wiped clean. This happens also when I download mail
into Thunderbird and I go to my gmail account on the web you can't see
the mail on google either if it's already in Thunderbird. Do any of
you know why this keeps happening and is there anything simple I can do
about it? Thanks in advance for any help.