smtp and imap

IMAP and SMTP (Incoming and Outgoing Mail Server) for Live.com, Gmail, Outlook, etc.

By Editorial Team

6 minutes

Are you a newbie in the world of Email and ready to dip your toe into this? If yes, then you must aggregate the information related to IMAP and SMTP server. Knowing about both servers enables you to understand how email works. 

What is IMAP Server?

Internet Message Access Protocol, popularly known as IMAP, stores email messages on a mail server which enables the recipient to view all of them. The most crucial role of this server setting is to sync your email inbox with various devices. IMAP and POP (Post Office Protocol) are different as POP allows you to sync only with a single device. You create Inbound Settings here.

  • The platforms like Gmail and Outlook use the IMAP server
  • A single mailbox can be shared by tons of users. 

What is SMTP Server?

SMTP stands for Simple Mail Transfer Protocol which helps in sending emails from local clients to the recipient’s email server. Without the SMTP server, your email wouldn’t reach its destination. It has no restrictions as it is flexible for any application. It is different from IMAP because it is used between servers whereas IMAP is used between client and server. You create Outbound Settings here

Gmail – IMAP and SMTP Server Settings

Incoming Mail (IMAP) Server Outgoing Mail (SMTP) Server
Server imap.gmail.com smtp.gmail.com
Port 993 465 (SSL) & 587 (TLS)
Requires SSL/TLS Yes Yes
Requires authentication Yes

Yahoo Mail – IMAP and SMTP Server Settings

Incoming Mail (IMAP) Server Outgoing Mail (SMTP) Server
Server imap.gmail.com smtp.gmail.com
Port 993 465 (SSL) or 587 (TLS)
Requires SSL/TLS Yes Yes
Requires authentication Yes

Apple Mail – IMAP and SMTP Server Settings

Incoming Mail (IMAP) Server Outgoing Mail (SMTP) Server
Server imap.mail.me.com smtp.mail.me.com
Port 993 587
Requires SSL/TLS Yes Yes
Requires authentication Yes

Outlook/Microsoft 365/Hotmail/Live.com – IMAP and SMTP Server Settings

Incoming Mail (IMAP) Server Outgoing Mail (SMTP) Server
Server outlook.office365.com smtp.office365.com
Port 993 587
Requires SSL/TLS Yes Yes
Requires authentication Yes

MSN – IMAP and SMTP Server Settings

Incoming Mail (IMAP) Server Outgoing Mail (SMTP) Server
Server imap-mail.outlook.com smtp-mail.outlook.com
Port 993 587
Requires SSL/TLS Yes Yes
Requires authentication Yes

Rediffmail – IMAP and SMTP Server Settings

Incoming Mail (IMAP) Server Outgoing Mail (SMTP) Server
Server imap.gmail.com smtp.gmail.com
Port 993 465 (SSL) & 586 (TLS)
Requires SSL/TLS Yes Yes
Requires authentication Yes

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