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How to activate IMAP: Thanks to the IMAP protocol , you can synchronize your inbox with a wide range of software (eg Microsoft Outlook, Mozilla Thunderbird and Apple Mail) and devices, including computers, smartphones and tablets, having offline access to messages and the convenience of managing communications locally, from the client. But you already know this and, if you are here today, it is precisely because you are trying to configure your mailbox via IMAP and you cannot. Did I guess? Well then let me help you out.

If you dedicate five minutes of your free time to me, I can explain how to activate IMAP on all the main e-mail services (some services require the activation of this protocol before allowing its use, others keep it constantly active) and how to use it, then, in clients such as those mentioned above, as well as on smartphones and tablets using the “standard” applications on Android and iOS.

I assure you that these are much simpler and more immediate procedures than you imagine: all you have to do is follow the (few) instructions I am about to give you, check the correct entry of the IMAP parameters relating to your e-mail provider and, I promise, you will get the ability to synchronize your inbox with all your devices and all your clients in no time at all. Happy reading and have fun!

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How to activate IMAP on Gmail

Gmail is one of the few e-mail services that allows the activation and deactivation of the IMAP protocol through its settings. If you want to activate IMAP on Gmail , then connect to your e-mail box on the famous Google home service, click on the gear icon located at the top right and select the item View all settings from the menu that is shown to you .

On the page you see, go to the Forwarding and POP / IMAP tab , scroll down the screen and locate the IMAP Access section . At this point, activate the Enable IMAP box and press the Save changes button at the bottom of the screen to save the settings.

Once the IMAP protocol is activated, you can configure your e-mail clients and use them to synchronize Gmail mail by setting the following parameters.

Incoming mail server settings

  • IMAP incoming mail server: imap.gmail.com.
  • IMAP port: 993.
  • Requires SSL: Yes.
  • Encryption method: TLS.
  • Name: your name.
  • Email address: your @ gmail.com address .
  • Password: Your Gmail account password.

Outgoing mail server settings

  • SMTP outgoing mail server: smtp.gmail.com.
  • SMTP port: 465 for SSL or 587 for TLS / STARTTLS.
  • SMTP encryption: SSL or TLS / STARTTLS.
  • Name: your name.
  • email address: your @ gmail.com address .
  • Password: Your Gmail account password.

I warn you that to use Gmail in some e-mail clients, such as Microsoft Outlook or Spark , you can proceed to configure Gmail simply by logging in, without necessarily having to enter the data of the mail servers that I indicated in the previous lines.

In case you have any doubts about the aforementioned parameters or need further clarification, you can consult the official Google page on the IMAP settings of the Gmail mailbox or you can also deepen the topic, through my tutorial on how to set Gmail.

How to activate IMAP in Outlook

Outlook IMAP

Outlook.com , the Webmail service offered by Microsoft, supports the IMAP protocol by default and does not allow you to disable its operation. The only protocol that can be activated or deactivated if necessary is the POP one, which however is not the subject of this tutorial.

To use the IMAP protocol with Outlook.com, therefore, you must first retrieve the settings data for the mail servers, which are listed below for convenience.

Incoming mail server settings

  • IMAP incoming mail server: outlook.office365.com.
  • IMAP port: 993.
  • Requires SSL: Yes.
  • Encryption method: TLS.
  • Name: your name.
  • email address: your Outlook / Live / Hotmail address.
  • Password: Your Outlook / Live / Hotmail account password.

Outgoing mail server settings

  • SMTP outgoing mail server: smtp.office365.com.
  • SMTP port: 587.
  • SMTP encryption: STARTTLS.
  • Name: your name.
  • email address: your Outlook / Live / Hotmail address.
  • Password: Your Outlook / Live / Hotmail account password.

If you want to make sure that the parameters are those indicated above, perhaps because you are asked to enter some further data for the configuration, you can locate them directly on your Outlook mailbox. Then access your e-mail box , click on the gear icon located at the top right and select the item View all Outlook settings  in the menu that is shown on the screen.

On the page that is shown to you, select the items MailSynchronize e-mail in the left sidebar and scroll down the box that appears on the screen: you will find the Outlook.com IMAP parameters under the heading IMAP setting , while those SMTP under SMTP Settings . Alternatively, you can always consult the Outlook.com support page .

In the same way as Gmail mailboxes work , even for Microsoft’s you may not need to manually configure the mail client, as you can simply log in with your Microsoft account. If you want to learn more about this topic, I recommend reading my tutorial on how to configure Outlook.

How to activate IMAP on iCloud

How to activate IMAP iCloud

Do you have an Apple ID and want to know how to set up your iCloud mailbox in an email client? You do not have to enable any particular settings: you just have to start the procedure for adding a new address in your favorite client and enter the following parameters in the form that is proposed to you.

Incoming mail server settings

  • IMAP incoming mail server: imap.mail.me.com.
  • IMAP port: 993.
  • Requires SSL: Yes.
  • Encryption method: SSL / TLS.
  • Name: your name.
  • email address: your iCloud address.
  • Password: Your iCloud account password.

Outgoing mail server settings

  • SMTP outgoing mail server: smtp.mail.me.com.
  • SMTP port: 587.
  • SMTP encryption: TLS / STARTTLS.
  • Name: your name.
  • email address: your iCloud address.
  • Password: Your iCloud account password.

Note: If two-factor authentication is enabled on your iCloud account , instead of the Apple ID password, you must enter an app-specific password generated using the appropriate tool available online.

How to activate IMAP on Alice

Alice IMAP

If you have an Alice email address , you can configure it in your email client using the IMAP and SMTP parameters listed below.

Incoming mail server settings

  • IMAP incoming mail server: in.alice.it.
  • IMAP port: 143.
  • Encryption method: STARTTLS.
  • Name: your name.
  • e-mail address: your @ alice.it address.
  • Password: the password of your @ alice.it account.

Outgoing mail server settings

  • SMTP outgoing mail server: out.alice.it.
  • SMTP port: 587.
  • SMTP encryption: STARTTLS.
  • Name: your name.
  • e-mail address: your @ alice.it address.
  • Password: the password of your @ alice.it account.

If you have any further doubts on how to proceed or if you have problems with your Alice Mail login details, see my tutorial on how to configure Alice Mail.

If you have Tim or Tin accounts instead , you can use the same parameters that I listed in the previous lines, taking care, however, to replace only the values ​​of the IMAP and SMTP servers with the appropriate ones.

  • IMAP incoming mail server: imap.tim.it (for @ tim.it accounts) and imaps.tin.it (for @ tin.it accounts)
  • SMTP outgoing mail server: smtp.tim.it (for @ tim.it accounts) and smtps.tin.it (for @ tin.it accounts)

How to activate IMAP on Libero

FREE IMAP

If, on the other hand, you want to configure your Libero mailbox on a device via the IMAP protocol, you can rely on the parameters listed below.

Incoming mail server settings

  • IMAP incoming mail server: imapmail.libero.it.
  • IMAP port: 993.
  • Requires SSL : Yes.
  • Encryption method: SSL.
  • Name: your name.
  • e-mail address: your Libero address.
  • Password: the password of your Libero account.

Outgoing mail server settings

  • SMTP outgoing mail server: smtp.libero.it.
  • SMTP port: 465.
  • SMTP encryption: TLS / STARTTLS.
  • Name: your name.
  • e-mail address: your Libero address.
  • Password: the password of your Libero account.

To learn more about the subject, the advice I can give you is to read carefully what I have explained to you in detail in my guide on how to configure Libero mail.

How to activate IMAP on Yahoo

Yahoo IMAP

Do you have a Yahoo mailbox ? Configuring it on a device is child’s play, using the parameters of the IMAP and SMTP servers that you find below.

Incoming mail server settings

  • IMAP incoming mail server: imap.mail.yahoo.com.
  • IMAP port: 993.
  • Requires SSL : Yes.
  • Encryption method: SSL.
  • Name: your name.
  • email address: your Yahoo address.
  • Password: Your Yahoo account password.

Outgoing mail server settings

  • SMTP outgoing mail server: smtp.mail.yahoo.com.
  • SMTP port: 465 or 587.
  • SMTP encryption: SSL / TLS.
  • Name: your name.
  • email address: your Yahoo address.
  • Password: Your Yahoo account password.

How to activate IMAP on Aruba

How to activate IMAP on Aruba

Do you have an Aruba email address and would like to know how to configure it via the IMAP protocol in your favorite client? No problem. Since there is no need to activate any particular settings, all you have to do is open the program in which you wish to use your Aruba address and add a new account using the following “coordinates”.

Incoming mail server settings

  • IMAP incoming mail server: imaps.aruba.it.
  • IMAP port: 993.
  • Requires SSL: Yes.
  • Encryption method: TLS.
  • Name: your name.
  • email address: your Aruba address.
  • Password: Your Aruba account password.

Outgoing mail server settings

  • SMTP outgoing mail server: smtps.aruba.it.
  • SMTP port: 465.
  • SMTP encryption: SSL / TLS.
  • Name: your name.
  • email address: your Aruba address.
  • Password: Your Aruba account password.

These, on the other hand, are the IMAP parameters to be used for Aruba PEC addresses , those that have the suffix @ pec.it.

Incoming mail server settings

  • IMAP incoming mail server: imaps.pec.aruba.it.
  • IMAP port: 993.
  • Requires SSL: Yes.
  • Encryption method: TLS.
  • Name: your name.
  • e-mail address: your Aruba PEC address.
  • Password: the password of your Aruba PEC account.

Outgoing mail server settings

  • SMTP outgoing mail server: smtps.pec.aruba.it.
  • SMTP port: 465.
  • SMTP encryption: TLS.
  • Name: your name.
  • e-mail address: your Aruba PEC address.
  • Password: the password of your Aruba PEC account.

If you encounter any problems configuring your account, please refer to my tutorial on how to configure Aruba mail.

How to configure IMAP

Now that you know how to activate the IMAP protocol and what are the “coordinates” of the servers of your e-mail service: the time has come to configure everything in your favorite client on a PC or on a smartphone or tablet.

Microsoft Outlook (Windows / macOS)

How to configure IMAP Outlook

If you want to configure a new e-mail service in Microsoft Outlook , start the program, click on the File button located at the top left and, in the screen that appears on the screen, press the Add account button . If you do not see the button in question, first click on the Account Settings button , then on the item of the same name in the menu that opens and, finally, on the New button .

At this point, fill in the form that is proposed to you with your e-mail address and press the Connect button . If the address you entered concerns an e-mail service natively supported by Outlook, such as the case of Outlook or Gmail accounts , you will be shown the login screen of the relevant service, without having to perform any manual configuration. All you have to do, then, is to type in the password associated with your email account and enter any two-factor verification code .

If, on the other hand, the address you entered in Outlook is not natively supported by the program and therefore the configuration procedure is not completed automatically, you must press on the Advanced Options wording and put a check mark next to the item Allow manual configuration account .

At this point, press the IMAP button and fill out the form that is proposed to you with all the information of your e-mail account and that I have also listed in the previous chapters relating to the service you are using. Once the compilation is complete, a connection test is carried out, which if you have entered all the data correctly, should give a positive result. Since it wasn’t difficult?

If you use a Mac , the procedure you need to follow is just as simple: start Microsoft Outlook, go to the Outlook> Preferences menu, click on the Account icon in the window that opens, press the button to add mail accounts and follow the procedure on the screen to configure it.

In the event that it is an Outlook or Gmail account , the configuration will only require the login to the service, otherwise, through the Advanced button , you can customize the configuration, using the parameters that I have listed in the previous chapters, based on the service you are using. For more information, see my guide on how to set up Outlook.

Thunderbird (Windows / macOS / Linux)

Thunderbird IMAP

If you use Mozilla Thunderbird as an email client, you can set up a new email account by clicking on the hamburger icon located at the top right and selecting the items New> Existing email account from the menu that appears on the screen.

In the screen that is shown to you, type Name , Email address and Password of the IMAP account you want to configure, press the Continue button and wait for the data to be checked: if the data is correct and the configured service is among those supported ” natively ”from Thunderbird (eg Gmail ), you can complete the configuration simply by placing the check mark next to the IMAP item and pressing the Done button .

In caso contrario, devi cliccare sul pulsante Configurazione manuale e compilare il nuovo modulo che ti viene proposto con tutti i dati del server IMAP e di quello SMTP del tuo servizio di posta elettronica. Completato il tutto, clicca sul pulsante Fatto per salvare le impostazioni.

Se qualche passaggio non ti è chiaro, dai pure un’occhiata al mio tutorial su Mozilla Thunderbird: al suo interno troverai tutte le informazioni di cui hai bisogno per utilizzare e configurare il programma.

Mail (macOS)

MAIL IMAP

Se hai un Mac e utilizzi Mail come client di posta elettronica, puoi configurare un nuovo account email avviando il programma e selezionando la voce Aggiungi account dal menu Mail (in alto a sinistra).

Nella finestra che si apre, se l’indirizzo che desideri configurare appartiene a un servizio tra iCloud, Microsoft Exchange, Google, Yahoo! oppure AOL, metti il segno di spunta accanto all’apposita voce, clicca su Continua ed effettua il login con i dati del tuo account.

Se, invece, l’indirizzo fa capo a un servizio email diverso da quelli appena elencati, apponi il segno di spunta accanto alla voce Altro account Mail, pigia su Continua, inserisci nome, indirizzo email e password negli appositi campi di testo e fai clic sul pulsante Accedi.

Se dovessero risultare errati, modifica i valori relativi al server IMAP (ed SMTP) del servizio tramite la schermata che ti viene mostrata. Tramite il Mail > Preferenze di Mail (in alto a sinistra) e selezionando la scheda Account dalla finestra che si apre, puoi modificare in qualsiasi momenti i parametri IMAP e SMTP, tramite la scheda Impostazioni server.

Android

How to activate IMAP on Android

Se vuoi scoprire come attivare IMAP su Android, accedi alle impostazioni del tuo smartphone o del tuo tablet (pigiando sull’icona dell’ingranaggio situata in home screen o nel drawer) e recati nel menu Account.

A questo punto, fai tap sull’opzione Aggiungi account e seleziona la voce E-mail se desideri configurare il nuovo account di posta elettronica nell’app E-mail di Android oppure la voce Personale (IMAP) se desideri configurare il nuovo account di posta elettronica nell’app Gmail.

Tieni in considerazione che la prima opzione è sicuramente la più indicata, nel caso in cui tu voglia sapere come attivare IMAP su Huawei, in quanto molti dispositivi tra i più recenti di quest’azienda ormai sono sprovvisti dei servizi Google.

Compila, quindi, il modulo che ti viene proposto con indirizzo email e password dell’account di tuo interesse e scegli di effettuare la configurazione manuale di quest’ultimo tramite l’apposito tasto.

Nella schermata che si apre, scegli di impostare l’account mediante protocollo IMAP, compila il modulo che ti viene proposto con tutti i dati dell’indirizzo (server, porta, tipo di sicurezza ecc.), pigia sul pulsante Avanti, inserisci i dati del server SMTP (server, porta, nome utente e password) e fai tap sul bottone Avanti per due volte consecutive per completare la procedura.

iOS/iPadOS

iPad IMAP Mail

Se utilizzi un iPhone o un iPad e vuoi configurare un nuovo indirizzo di posta elettronica in Mail (l’app predefinita di iOS per la gestione delle email), recati nel menu Impostazioni (l’icona dell’ingranaggio che si trova in home screen o nella Libreria app), dopodiché vai su Mail > Account e pigia sull’opzione Aggiungi account.

Nella schermata che si apre, se l’indirizzo che desideri configurare appartiene a un servizio tra iCloud, Microsoft Exchange, Google, Yahoo!, AOL oppure Outlook.com, seleziona uno di questi, effettua il login con i dati del tuo account e scegli quali dati sincronizzare (es. contatti, calendari ecc.). I parametri IMAP verranno impostati in automatico.

Alternatively, tap on the Other> Add Mail account items and fill in the forms that are proposed to you with the data of your e-mail provider (first name , email and password , then the coordinates of the servers ). Easier than that ?!

If any steps are not clear to you, try to consult my guide on how to set up Mail on iPhone, in which I explained how to configure e-mail on the Apple smartphone (the same instructions can also be followed on iPad).