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Accessing GMail via POP

I’ve already consolidated all my email accounts into GMail and while I only need one login to access all emails, it’s always full of new ones and I end up not being able to answer all of them in a timely manner. This gets worse if I’m away on a trip as I don’t get to go online as often as I want.

So, I realized that during the times when I don’t have access but just hanging around on the airport or on the plane, I could have rummaged thru the emails, answer them, save as draft and send them all off whenever I get the chance to be online. That’s where POP email makes real sense.

Here are the settings if anyone wants to try it:

In GMail, go to Mail Settings -> Forwarding & POP -> Enable POP for all mail

Server Settings

Username: [email protected]
Server Name: pop.gmail.com
Port: 995
Security Settings: SSL

Outgoing SMTP: smtp.gmail.com
Port: 587
Security Authentication: TLS

Settings for Firefox Thunderbird 1.5 can be found here. All other email clients, here.

Problem though is that I could set the client to leave messages in GMail. The Email Troubleshooter indicates one should have to download the emails in order for it to work properly. Hope I don’t regret downloading all of them 1.1GB of emails later on.

Abe is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of YugaTech. You Can follow him on Twitter @abeolandres.

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10 Responses

  1. Mindanao Bob says:

    Hi Abe – You can indeed set G-Mail in a way that even though you download the e-mails, copies are also left on your G-Mail account. That is how I have mine set up. So, although I use POP3 to download all my G-Mails, they are also available through webmail online as well.

  2. Aja Lapus says:

    I think you meant Mozilla Thunderbird 1.5 when you said Firefox 1.5. :)

  3. deuts says:

    I think you mean thunderbird, instead of firefox 1.5. Anyway, for me I’ve even set up another account as my outgoing mail account, separate from my incoming gmail account. I just made the outgoing mail account to forward messages to my incoming gmail account so I’ll receive them all messages.

  4. It seems Gmail has support for offline access if you have google desktop installed.

    And I think pretty soon Gmail will support Offline access thru google gears just like google reader.


  5. Jaypee says:

    I access my Gmail account in 3 ways: via web browser (Firefox), via email client (Thunderbird) and via Pocket PC. When I download new messages, the original copies are kept unread on the account.

  6. Luis says:

    Keep your messages on the server!!!!

    I use Thunderbird to access all my mail. I leave the messages on the server and I don’t have any problems.

  7. minor says:

    I’ve been using thunderbird for my 2 gmail account and 1 corporate email for about a year.

  8. jervis says:

    another thing that I like best when using POP for gmail compared to others is that it eliminates too much advertisements that clutter the email message. :)

  9. yuga says:

    I got it working so that I still have copies of the email in my GMail after I download them in ThunderBird. Looks like my slow connection was the reason why it was conking out the first time.

  10. Neat content- Will definitely come back again=D

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