Are you using your RCN email on a single device? If yes, then it doesn’t matter whether it is the POP or IMAP email protocol because email sync is not a feature you are looking for.
However, if you are using multiple devices and also access your RCN email in all those devices, then you will want to see the inbox synced together in a flawless way. For that, you will have to use IMAP. You will not be able to see a synced email account if you are using POP, so you need to switch to IMAP for the best emailing experience. Here is how you can move to IMAP in your RCN email:
In case, you are using RCN email on your web browser, then you don’t need to change anything. Your email is doing just fine.
If you are using a regular email program, then there will be certain changes to make.
The process of changing to IMAP from POP
Theoretically, the process of moving your RCN email from POP to IMAP is straightforward. Let’s assume that your RCN email account is ‘firstname.lastname@example.org’, and you want to change it to IMAP settings. So, the first thing that you will have to confirm is whether your email server supports IMAP or not. If it doesn’t, then that’s the end of the story for you. However, if it does, then you will have to be sure about the password of your email account. You can’t proceed without entering your password, so make sure you have it.
Backup: You need to have all your email program’s data and settings with you somewhere safe just in case something goes wrong, you don’t have to regret about anything. You must back up all the important information on your computer.
IMAP settings: You need to find out as to what IMAP server settings you should use from your ISP or email hosting company. This includes the names of your incoming and outgoing IMAP servers., port numbers, authentication type, and other options.
Add the IMAP account: You will find in your email program an option to add the settings for new IMAP account in order to access your existing email account. You may find that some email programs infer the server settings from your RCN email address and don’t provide you with any details. In that case, you will have to confirm that the new account is actually using IMAP.
Test Server Access: You need to confirm whether your email program can see the messages in your IMAP inbox folder, drafts, sent items, etc.
Test send & receive: You should confirm whether you are able to send and receive emails using IMAP, which can be seen in your other devices. Moreover, the message that is deleted from one device should disappear from all devices.
Copy messages in standard folders: You need to copy all your accumulated emails from your email program’s POP inbox, drafts, sent, etc., to the corresponding IMAP folders, which you can do by clicking and dragging method.
Create custom folders: If there are custom folders in your email program to organize your emails and sort your inbox and sent folders, then you will have to create the same set of custom folders on the IMAP folder. You can copy your messages from each custom folder to the corresponding IMAP folder.
Dates may change when you copy the existing messages into an IMAP server. So, if you are fine with that, then you can proceed with the process.
It’s time to stop using POP: When you become comfortable with IMAP system, then you can deactivate or remove POP settings in order to avoid your RCN email from being used in two different ways.
Now, you are ready to use RCN email using IMAP setting.