I wish to use Gmail to handle all of my email needs. Sending, reading, deleting, moving, forwarding etc.. I have a domain with an email at Zoho user@mydomain.com, this is working well.

I've always been confused with POP3 and IMAP regarding which server/client does what. Reading What's the difference between POP3 and IMAP for e-mail? hasen't really made me any smarter.

Here is a flow of the email from user@mydomain.com which I would like:

Incoming email(to: user@mydomain.com) -> Zoho inbox(user@mydomain.com) -> Gmail account(user@gmail.com) -> Android client/Web browser

I also would like to send:

Android client/Web browser -> Gmail account(user@gmail.com) -> Zoho account(user@mydomain.com) -> Send email(from: user@mydomain.com)

I would also like to setup so that via Gmail I can send emails via user@mydomain.com.

You can say that Gmail is central. How would I set this up? I am guessing it is better to use IMAP as POP3 is old. I would also like to keep copies on Zoho that are not affected by Gmail, so if I delete a message on Gmail that went to user@mydomain.com it would not delete on Zoho (use Zoho as a backup).

What should be the IMAP/POP3 server in this case?


POP Configuration details:

  • Incoming server: pop.zoho.com, Port: 995, SSL
  • Outgoing server: smtp.zoho.com, Port: 465, SSL

IMAP Configuration details:

  • Incoming server: imap.zoho.com, Port: 993, SSL
  • Outgoing server: smtp.zoho.com, Port: 465, SSL


Incoming Mail (IMAP) Server - Requires SSL

  • imap.gmail.com Port: 993 Requires SSL:Yes

Outgoing Mail (SMTP) Server - Requires TLS

  • smtp.gmail.com Port: 465 or 587 Requires SSL: Yes Requires authentication: Yes Use same settings as incoming mail server

Incoming vs. Outgoing on Zoho

  1. Incoming: Does this mean when Gmail pushes from it's outgoing server to Zohos incoming server?
  2. Outgoing: Zoho to push from its outgoing server to Gmails incoming server?

Incoming vs. Outgoing on Gmail

  1. Incoming: Does this mean from my Android client/web browser to push to Gmails incoming server?
  2. Outgoing: Gmail outgoing server to push to Zohos incoming server?

What do I do in Zoho and what do I do in Gmail?


This isn't really a server configuration question. Set Gmail to retrieve email from your Zoho account via pop3 and to send mail through Zoho's SMTP server. That's it.

  • Thank you, could'nt of asked for a better and more clear answer. – Karl Morrison May 13 '15 at 19:26

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