Information Technology

Email - POP/IMAP clients

Configuration of POP and IMAP email clients

For full information about configuring your mail client for UMass Boston email. please see our Office 365 page.

Email server types

There are four main types of e‑mail servers. You don’t need to understand the details about these server types; you just need to find out which one your e‑mail service uses for incoming mail. UMass Boston supports all of these protocols.

Post Office Protocol 3 (POP3) servers.
Most e‑mail services and ISPs use this type of server, especially for personal e‑mail accounts. They hold incoming e‑mail messages until you check your e‑mail, at which point they're transferred to your computer. Messages are typically deleted from the server when you check your e‑mail.

Internet Message Access Protocol (IMAP) servers.
These servers let you work with e‑mail messages without downloading them to your computer first. You can preview, delete, and organize messages directly on the e‑mail server. Copies are stored on the server until you delete them. IMAP is commonly used for business e‑mail accounts but are increasingly common for personal email as well.

Simple Mail Transfer Protocol (SMTP) servers.
This outgoing mail server handles the sending of your e‑mail messages to the Internet. An SMTP server handles only the outgoing e‑mail, and is used in conjunction with a POP3 or IMAP incoming e‑mail server.

Microsoft Exchange servers
These servers use a non-standard protocol that combines sending and receiving mail with calendar and contact synchronization.