Syncing Gmail Actions With IMAP

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Syncing Gmail Actions With IMAP

Now that Gmail supports IMAP, a question that many avid Gmail users will be asking is, “How do Gmail specific actions translate over to IMAP?” For example, Gmail was always thought to be incompatible with email systems like IMAP, because they used different features, like labels and stars. However, in reality, it ends up that those features — albeit slightly different — are easily mappable to common IMAP features. For those wanting to use Gmail as an IMAP account on their OS-based email client, here’s Google’s official action translation

Syncing Gmail Actions in IMAP

Action on mobile device/client (e.g. iPhone/Outlook) Result in Gmail on the web
Open a message Mark a message as read
Flag a message Apply a star to the message
Move a message to a folder Apply a label to the message
Move a message to a folder within a folder* Apply a label showing folder hierarchy (‘MainFolder/SubFolder’)*
Create a folder Create a label
Move a message to [Gmail]/Spam Report a message as spam
Move a message to [Gmail]/Trash Move a message to Trash
Send a message Store message in Sent Mail
Delete a message Remove label from the message, or delete the message permanently if the message is already in the Spam or Trash label

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