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What's the difference between POP and push email?

On my phone -- what's the difference between POP and push email?

Most Useful Answer MDrX  Sep. 9, 2011 at 10:09

When using POP your email client will connect to your server every few minutes (you can set this time) and download new emails. This moves the emails so any action (delete for example) you perform on the messages will not be reflected on the server.

Push will push the message to your phone as soon as they're received at the server. Any action you perform here will also happen on the server.

Push is better but uses more battery. POP is old and out dated but not every service supports push.

Ideally, if you can't use push then you'll be able to go for SMTP which is kind of half-way between the two. You don't get messages pushed out to you but your actions will be performed on the server.

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MDrX  Sep. 9, 2011 at 10:09

When using POP your email client will connect to your server every few minutes (you can set this time) and download new emails. This moves the emails so any action (delete for example) you perform on the messages will not be reflected on the server.

Push will push the message to your phone as soon as they're received at the server. Any action you perform here will also happen on the server.

Push is better but uses more battery. POP is old and out dated but not every service supports push.

Ideally, if you can't use push then you'll be able to go for SMTP which is kind of half-way between the two. You don't get messages pushed out to you but your actions will be performed on the server.

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