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Technologist Tuesday: Hurray for Comcast IMAP!

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Do you have multiple devices to check your email?  Do you wish that when one device reads, deletes or moves a message that all your other devices automatically sync to these behaviors?  iCloud, Gmail & many Yahoo email customers already experience this.  Then again, many of you Comcast emailers that have just cleared an inbox of fifty messages off your Smartphone cringe at the fact that then you get in front of your computer; you have to do it all over again.

People that have Comcast email address are on POP email.  That means that when I email your comcast.net email address, a copy of that message goes to the server (checking your email on a browser) and every other device that has access to receive email on your account.  If you delete the message from your Smartphone, it still will show unread on your computer and tablet.  If you mark 100 messages as read from your computer, they’re still unread on your tablet and Smartphone.  Annoying isn’t it?  Comcast has finally caught up to all the big boys.  Just go to https://xcsignup.comcast.net/onboardingapps/imap, enter your Comcast email address and password.  24 hrs later (they say, my transition took about 10 hrs) you’re POP services were transferred to Comcast’s new IMAP servers.

Now what? I deleted my Comcast email from my phone, computer and tablet.  By doing this, I will have lost messages I’ve sent from these devices so be careful.  You’re pretty much going to lose messages that aren’t still on the Comcast server.  So save whatever email is important to you that you don’t see on https://login.comcast.net/login before you attempt what I’m suggesting.

Then I added the account back to my devices with the information Comcast provide me.  It wasn’t easy.  You may need your tech friend help out or expect a call with Comcast.

Comcast IMAP Server Settings

Incoming Settings:  imap.comcast.net, Port: 993, SSL Required

Outgoing Settings: smtp.comcast.net, Port: 465, SSL Required

That’s it.  From now on, if I check messages on my Smartphone, it shows read on my computer and tablet.  If I delete something from my tablet, it deletes on my Smartphone and computer. If I move the email into a folder, that folder is updated on all my other devices.  This is IMAP.

Not a Comcast customer and still stuck with a POP email situation?  Find out if your POP email provider has an IMAP option and switch.  You’ll find managing your email a bit easier.

The Technologist 

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