How to do POP, IMAP and SMTP Gmail Setup

IMAP and POP both are the ways to read your Gmail messages in other email clients. IMAP can be used across multiple devices and emails are synced in real time. POP can only be used for a single computer were emails aren’t synced in real time. SMTP server is necessary to send out and deliver your emails from your phone. These whole email┬ásetup is not much difficult and it just takes a minute.


Simple Mail Transfer Protocol is an internet standard for email transmission. It has the ability to support email services includes critical functions and they allow the users to send outgoing mail and retrieve incoming emails.

Steps to set up SMTP

  • Press the “Menu” and tap “accounts”
  • Tap on the “Add account”, then enter your email id and password
  • Set your incoming setting and then enter your SMTP settings.


IMAP setting is to read the Gmail messages in other mail clients, like Microsoft, outlook and apple mail. You can read your Gmail messages on multiple devices and get synced at the same time, by using IMAP.

Steps to set up IMAP

Check whether the IMAP is turned on or not.

  1. Open your Gmail account, on your computer
  2. Click the Settings, in the top right on your screen
  3. Click on the Forwarding and IMAP/POP tab
  4. You have to Enable IMAP, in the “IMAP access” section.
  5. Save the changes.


The Post Office Protocol (POP) is used to sync email from Gmail to any mail client such as Outlook, Microsoft, and Apple mail. POP is not a google product as IMAP. It’s a standardized, RFC protocol that any email service or client can choose to be compatible with,

Steps to set up POP

  1. Open your Gmail account, on your computer
  2. Click on the settings button, at the top right on your screen
  3. Click on the Forwarding and POP/IMAP tab to enable
  4. In the POP download section, Enable pop for all mail
  5. Or click on the Enable POP for mail that arrives from now on
  6. Finally, save the changes by clicking the Save button.

That’s all about the email setup. If you have any doubts, kindly comment below.

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