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Wednesday, June 23, 2021

Setup Comcast Email (Windows Mail)


1 Comcast Client Question

In order to proceed we need to know which client you're wanting to use with your email.

Your client is the interface you use to access your email. This may be a webpage or a software program.

Windows Mail Windows mail icon
Mac MailMac Mail icon
Outlook 2016Outlook icon

Firstly, we will guide through Windows Mail. 

2 IMAP vs POP3

Both IMAP and POP3 are email protocols. IMAP stands for Internet Message Access ProtocolPOP3 stands for Post Office Protocol.

POP was the original protocol designed to download your emails to your local drive. IMAP came later and keeps your emails on the server.

Advantages of POP

  • Mail is stored locally on your computer and is accessible even without internet connection.
  • Internet connection is needed only for sending and receiving mail.
  • Option to leave copy of mail on server.
  • Consolidate multiple email accounts and servers into one inbox.

Advantages of IMAP

  • Mail is stored on a remote server and accessible from multiple different locations.
  • An Internet connection is needed to access mail.
  • Faster overview as only headers are downloaded until content is explicitly requested.
  • Mail is automatically backed up if server is managed properly.
  • Saves local storage space.
  • Option to store mail locally.

We recommend using IMAP. It's a more modern protocol. IMAP allows you to store your email on remote servers and synchronize your email among multiple devices, which is extremely important today, when most people have at least two devices - their laptop and smartphone.

3 Comcast Email Setup for Windows Mail (IMAP)

  1. Click Start, type mail in the search box, then launch Mail.
    Windows search showing mail and the mail app
  2. Click Accounts then Add Account.
    Windows Mail Accounts icon
    Windows mail add accounts button
  3. Pick Other Account. Scroll down if it isn't visible.
    Windows Mail selection of accounts
  4. Enter your Email addresspassword and then hit Sign-in.
    Windows mail enter email account fields
  5. Fill in your name and then click Sign-in.
    Windows mail comcast name field
  6. If you are prompted, click Go to inbox.
    Added account.
  7. Click the Sync button to sync the mail to the client. This may take some time but is usually done automatically.
    Windows Mail Sync button

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