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IMAP Email Server Settings

Last Updated: Mon, 25 Jan 2016 > Related Articles

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Learn more about IMAP server settings.


IMAP servers allow users to view email messages via an email client or application. IMAP offers the following features that POP does not.

  • Support for simultaneous multiple access. New email is available and accessible from any client device at any time.
  • Partial fetch, only the sender and header information is downloaded, which leaves more storage on the device.
  • Two-way communication between client devices and the email server. This increases stability of the server.
  • Messages can be downloaded to the client device, if needed.
  • Actions to a message such as read or replied to, will be seen on any client device accessing the same mailbox.
  • The server can be searched for specific messages based on different criteria. This allows the user to download only the messages they want.

Server Settings

Use the following settings for setting up your Cox.net email with an IMAP server. 

Full CustomerYour Name
Email Addressyouremail@cox.net
PasswordEmail account password
Account TypeIMAP
Incoming Mail Server

See Email Server Names for details.

Outgoing Mail Server

See Email Server Names for details.


Switching from POP to IMAP

Switching your Cox.net POP email to an IMAP server requires the following:

  • Set up an IMAP email account using the same email address associated with the POP settings. See Resources for Setting Up Cox.net Email for additional assistance.
  • Delete the POP email account.

When changing your Cox.net email from POP to IMAP, you can potentially lose email messages. If a message does not appear in an email account, it may be due to one of the following reasons:

  • A configuration issue with IMAP or POP access
  • Settings applied to incoming mail, such as a filter or forwarding
  • Deliberate or accidental human action, or a compromised account
Before deleting the POP email account, it is recommended that you back up your current messages.

The most common reason for missing email is that the message setting, Leave Messages on Server, within your email client is not enabled when using POP mail. Most email clients can have a POP and IMAP enabled mailbox that share the same account credentials.

To prevent losing email when switching from POP settings to IMAP, be sure that the option for Leave Messages on Server is enabled.


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