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IMAP Access

What is IMAP?  

IMAP or Internet Message Access Protocol, is an internet standard protocol for transferring email messages from a server through the internet to your computer. IMAP is designed to be used with client software that is installed on your computer.  With G Suite, the preferred method for accessing your email is from a web browser - like the Chrome browser. With browser access there is no need to worry if mail is synchronized between your work or home computer.  But if you prefer to use an IMAP client like Thunderbird or Outlook, IMAP is available for Google.

How do I get started?

You must first enable your appsforVCU account for IMAP access.  To do this, login to your appsforVCU account either from apps.vcu.edu or via the myVCU Portal.  Log in using your VCU eID and password.  The VCU IMAP access will enable automatically. Now log out and begin configuring your IMAP client of choice.

What Account Name do I use? 

Use your full name, not a nickname, or your VCU email address (eID@vcu.edu) in the "Your Name" field.  If asked for the email address that others will use to send you email, use eID@vcu.edu.  

What username do I use? 

For both the incoming and outgoing servers, you will use your "eID"@vcu.edu address for the "Username" field.  For the "Password" field, you will use your eID password.

What IMAP settings do I use for apps.vcu.edu IMAP account?

Incoming settings:
IMAP server: imap.gmail.com
Port: 993
Security type: SSL (always)

Outgoing settings:
SMTP server: smtp.gmail.com
Port: 465
Security type: SSL (always)

Click here for VCU IMAP configuration for Thunderbird 38

Click here for VCU IMAP configuration for Apple Mail (OSX 10.9 and earlier)

Click here for VCU IMAP configuration for Apple Mail (OSX 10.10 or later)

Click here for VCU IMAP configuration for Microsoft Outlook 2010

Click here for VCU IMAP configuration for Microsoft Outlook 2013

Click here for VCU IMAP configuration for Microsoft Outlook 2016