IMAP FAQ

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What is IMAP?

IMAP is an acronym that stands for Internet Message Access Protocol. More specifically, it's a mail protocol that permits an email client to access remotely-stored messages and folders as if they were local.

What is the name of the Sonic.net IMAP server?

imap.sonic.net

What's the difference between IMAP and POP?

With POP mail, each message must be downloaded and stored as a local copy on every computer that you use to access your email. When you get a lot of email, or access your email from many locations, managing your inboxes can start to get complicated. With IMAP, each computer accesses the messages that are stored on the server, and you don't need to download any local copies. The inbox for your Sonic.net account will look the same on your home computer, work computer, and every other IMAP-capable email device that you use.

Does IMAP cost any extra to use?

Nope! IMAP service is available to anyone that has a Sonic.net mail account.

How do I use IMAP?

To use IMAP, you need to create an account in your email client (Outlook Express, Apple Mail, etc.) and set it to use IMAP instead of POP (or any other listed protocols). Next, make sure the account is using the incoming server imap.sonic.net, and use the Sonic.net username and password of the account that you wish to access.

What are my options for mail deletion?

When you delete messages with IMAP, most email clients will place the messages in the Trash or 'Deleted Messages' folder. The messages in these folders will be automatically deleted after 14 days or when you tell your client to empty the trash.

Are any folders automatically expired?

Yes. The contents of 'Trash' and 'Deleted Messages' are automatically expired after 14 days. If this is a problem, we suggest that you configure your client to use a different folder names for these functions.

Do you provide support for the iPhone, android, etc?

Most modern mobile devices have built in support for IMAP servers are should work fine with your sonic.net IMAP account.