Recently we covered how to connect Outlook 2010 to Gmail using IMAP, but I forgot to mention that the settings in GMAIL determine what type of connection Outlook 2010 uses (IMAP or POP.) So with that in mind, I figured I would review real quickly how you would go about setting up your GMAIL account to use either POP or IMAP.
FYI – For those of you who are not sure what the difference is between IMAP and POP, take a read here where I briefly explain IMAP Vs. POP.
How To Automatically Determine What Type Of Connection Outlook 2010 Will Use When Connecting to Gmail
Open up your Gmail account. Then Click Settings and visit the Forwarding and POP/IMAP tab.
Here is where we adjust the different settings to determine which connection Outlook 2010 will automatically use. Note that by default Outlook will connect to IMAP, so if both IMAP and POP are enabled IMAP takes priority.
Option 1: Use a POP connection. To make Outlook 2010 connect to Gmail using a POP connection, simply Check Enable POP (either one works) and then Check Disable IMAP. Once you’ve got that, Save Changes.
Option 2: Use a IMAP connection. To make Outlook 2010 connect to Gmail using an IMAP connection, simply Check Disable POP and then Check Enable IMAP. Once you’ve got that, Save Changes.
Once you’ve adjusted the settings in Gmail, Follow this Groovy Tutorial to finish connecting using the connection you’ve chosen above. Outlook should automatically detect which connection is enabled, and your account will be set up using it.