I'm using Gmail to read mail from a couple of other accounts that I've got, I've just added the accounts in the Gmail settings under 'Accounts and import'. But I haven't found the ability to add IMAP accounts, only POP3. Anyone know if this is possible?

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Gmail cannot read mail from external IMAP accounts.

Instead, you can set the external account to forward to Gmail, or just use POP.
If the external account supports IMAP, but not POP or forwarding, you're out of luck.
I'm not aware of any such email providers.

  • Of course, forwarding. Thanks!
    – Richard B
    Dec 29, 2010 at 22:38
  • fastmail.fm 's Guest user has just such a restriction - IMAP access allowed, no POP3 or SMTP.
    – Sparx
    Dec 30, 2010 at 17:19
  • I tried to click the hollow check when I saw your answer but I couldn't, I got a message I had to wait ten minutes or so. Now I can't see the hollow check anymore.
    – Richard B
    Jan 9, 2011 at 15:44
  • The Gmail App on Android, however, can read emails from several external IMAP accounts and keeps the IMAP accounts separately. Just click on "Add Account" in the settings.
    – Avatar
    Sep 4, 2016 at 10:21

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