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IMAP vs POP3 Server

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IMAP vs POP3 Server

Does anybody know how to get back to the POP3 server.  Comcast has switched ONE of our accounts to IMAP and TOTALLY screwed up our email.  They are in denial that they can do anything about it, and even blamed it in my iphone6 for the change.  They have lost several years of critical email folders from my email account, and don't really seemed concerned about it.  They keep giving my me circular argumants that it isn't their server.

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Re: IMAP vs POP3 Server

The iPhone will auto detect comcast email as  IMAP and set it to that.   If you updated the iOS on it, it would probably have made those changes too.


You can fake it out and set up a POP account on the iPhone.


Set up a new email account..  Give it a mispelled email address and it will not be able to detect server settings....You will then have to set it up manually.  


Use the Xfinity setting for POP mail and your iPhone will have POP instead of IMAP.

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Re: IMAP vs POP3 Server

Thank you, but how do i get the email account on Comcast back to a POP server.  That is the one that is messed up.  As a result, Comcast has lost several years of saved emails which were is folders.

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Re: IMAP vs POP3 Server

Is this the ExfinityConnect Username/password, or is it your other devices?  Go into the devices and change them back to the Pop settings. 

POP 995 with SSL om

SMTP with SSL On

This server requires Authentication checked.


Now go to your Xfinity Connect Inbox and click on Preferences.  Now click on the Email icon.  You now see your email settings.

Switch them all back to POP.



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Re: IMAP vs POP3 Server

It has NOTHING to do with my phone.  My phone will only connect to whatever server my email is on.  It needs to be changed at Comcast, but they seem to be totally oblivious to my problem, or don't care(which is my inclination).


The server needs to be changed within Comcast!

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Re: IMAP vs POP3 Server

Comcast offers both POP and IMAP servers for use.   The problem is on your phone.  The iPhone once you put in the email address is auto configuring the email account and selecting IMAP.  You are using the IMAP server and settings.


There is no way however many times that you call that Comcast will get rid of the IMAP server.  If you want POP you will have to configure the iPhone for POP.  If you don't do it yourself it will never happen.  


You will find the pop server settings for xfinity here.




Read this How to configure iOS devices to POP/IMAP




And read this how to change from one to the other when autodetected


How to change from IMAP to POP.






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Re: IMAP vs POP3 Server

NO, NO, NO, NO.....It has nothing to do with the iphone.  If I change the configuration on the iphone to the "mail.comcast.net", it will not verify that it can connect to the POP server.  I cannot emphasise enough that it is not the iphone causing the problem!!

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Re: IMAP vs POP3 Server

I had the same problem.  This solved it:




Specifically, I left it as imap and changed the outgoing mail server port to 587.  All my prior sent messages were restored.


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