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By  Administrator Published  January 6, 2009

Step 5. Collect Mail from your POP Accounts in Gmail

To have Gmail retrieve mail from an existing POP email account:

• Click the "Settings" link in the top Gmail navigation bar.

• Go to the "Accounts" category

• Click "Add another mail account" under "Get mail from other accounts"

• Enter the account's address under "Email address"

• Click "Next Step"

• Type the user name under "Username"

• Enter your POP account's password under "Password"

• If necessary, change the POP server name under "POP Server"

• If the account requires a custom port other than "110", enter it under "Port". If your account requires SSL in particular, make sure "Always use a secure connection (SSL)" when retrieving mail is checked and, typically, change the port to "995"

• Alternatively, keep copies of retrieved messages on the server and label all incoming messages automatically

• You can also use Gmail solely as an archive or backup. To do this, check "Archive incoming messages (Skip the Inbox)" and all retrieved mail will go straight to your Gmail "Archive"

• Click "Add Account"

• Make sure "Yes, I want to be able to send mail as.." is selected

• This allows you to send mail from Gmail using the POP account's address in the "From" line. Typically, it won't hurt to turn this on

• Click "Next Step"

• Click "Next Step" again

• Now click "Send Verification"

• Switch to the main Gmail window and go to the "Inbox"

• Open the "Gmail Confirmation - Send Mail as..." message as soon as it arrives (this may take a couple of minutes)

• Copy and paste the "Confirmation code" into the "Enter and verify the confirmation code" form

• Click "Verify"

Depending on how frequently you receive new messages at your email address, Gmail will check for new mail in intervals ranging from every two minutes to once per hour.

You can always initiate mail fetching by going to "Settings" / "Accounts" and clicking "Check mail now" under the desired account.

E-mail facts and figures

• Number of emails sent per day: Statistics, extrapolations and counting by Radicati Group from August 2008 estimate the number of emails sent per day (in 2008) to be around 210 billion. About 70% to 72% of email is said to contain viruses or spam.

• The first spam was sent on May 3, 1978: It was sent to people taken from a directory of ARPANET users (mostly at universities and corporations). ARPANET was the first major wide-area computer network. When DEC released a new computer and operating system with ARPANET support - DECSYSTEM-2020 and TOPS-20 - a DEC marketer felt the news relevant to ARPANET users and administrators.

• Number of email users: There are about 1.3 billion email users worldwide according to a Radicati Group study from August 2008. About one in every five persons on the earth use email.

• Homer Simpson's email: Homer Simpson's email address is The AOL screen name chunkylover53 and the associated email address do exist. They have been registered by Matt Selman, one of The Simpsons' writers. You can send an email to, but you won't most probably get a response.


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