CenturyLink Email Settings: POP3, IMAP, and SMTP Servers

CenturyLink is high-speed internet and emailing service that many prefer, not just for commercial reasons but also for personal reasons. Therefore, it is important to correctly configure your CenturyLink email settings to get the most out of this service and the applications you use.

SMTP Settings For CenturyLink

SMTP delivers your message from one location to another, sending it via servers before arriving at your computer's desktop.

Following that, here are the SMTP settings for CenturyLink:

Option Description
SMTP Host: smtp.centurylink.net
SMTP Port: 587 TLS if available
SMTP Username: Your full email address (name@domain.com)
SMTP Password: Your mail account password

CenturyLink Settings For Receiving Emails

Unlike POP, which restricts access to emails so that you can only view them on a single device, IMAP makes it possible to view messages on several different devices simultaneously.

With that out of the way, here are the CenturyLink POP and IMAP settings, respectively:

CenturyLink POP Settings

Option Description
POP3 Host: pop.centurylink.net
POP3 Port: 995
Requires SSL: Yes
POP3 Username: Your full email address (name@domain.com)
POP3 Password: Your mail account password

CenturyLink IMAP Settings

Option Description
IMAP Host: mail.centurylink.net
IMAP Port: 993
Requires SSL: Yes
IMAP Username: Your full email address (name@domain.com)
IMAP Password: Your mail account password

Additional Key Points to Remember

Aside from the email settings, here is some other information to remember when using CenturyLink.

To begin, keep the following Server Limits in mind:

The "Email Size Limit" relates to the maximum size of a single message, while "Send To Limits" refers to the email's To, Cc, and Bcc fields. Whether you are utilizing webmail or SMTP, these limits apply.

Second, you may get asked to "leave a copy of your emails on the server" when setting up your mail program. Accepting this choice is strongly suggested.

💡 Note: email configuration differs depending on the operating system. If you have any problems, consult the instructions for your particular scenario. You need the POP and SMTP settings to complete the setup or make changes to your mail account's settings. Look for the correct settings for your specific system here.

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POP vs. IMAP Email Servers: How To Choose

Email has risen to the top of humanity's list of go-to communication media, whether for personal or professional purposes. However, some terms in email jargon, such as POP and IMAP, can be puzzling.

In the early days of the internet, Post Office Protocol (POP) protocol was the first major email protocol you widely embraced. When you use POP, your message is downloaded to your device and deleted from the server. Using POP, you can read messages on your chosen device without affecting the server.

IMAP, on the other hand, stands for Internet Message Access Protocol. The main difference IMAP from POP is that your messages live or stay on the server and can get accessed from various devices. IMAP, as opposed to POP's download-and-store-local mechanism, provides live access to the same email regardless of device.

How you interact with emails determines whether you use IMAP or POP. While POP is an older protocol, it may still be helpful for you if you do not always have access to a solid internet connection. IMAP is generally preferable for you if you are always on a stable, fast network and switch between notebook, phone, and tablet during the day.

For the most part, IMAP is the mail protocol of choice for most users.

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