imap email outlook

I have an outlook 2013 account.  It is pop.  I want to go to imap with the account so I can mirror the outlook email with my iPhone email.  I will also have to change the iPhone to imap as well.  My question is, when I do switch to imap will I lose all of my emails because of the switch from pop to imap?  What is the best way to change from pop to imap and not lose emails?  Do I start a second account and then copy from pop to imap?
mkramer777Asked:
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QlemoConnect With a Mentor Batchelor, Developer and EE Topic AdvisorCommented:
That slider does not exist with IMAP, because that is always server-based. Local copies are considered at most temporary.
On phones there might be an optional limit for how much of the server's mails should get retrieved (like only for last month or so). On non-mobile devices this should not be the case, and Outlook does not have that setting.

If you do not delete IMAP mails manually, they are retained on the client and server, in the respective folders. There is no automated cleanup of them, unless you or the ISP set one up somehow.
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QlemoBatchelor, Developer and EE Topic AdvisorCommented:
Your POP3 mails are stored in a local PST file. Add the IMAP account, and move the local mails from the PST file to IMAP. After that you can remove the POP3 account definition and the datafile.
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mkramer777Author Commented:
How do you move the local mails from the pst file to imap?
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QlemoBatchelor, Developer and EE Topic AdvisorCommented:
You just need to move the mails manually from one folder to another in Outlook.
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mkramer777Author Commented:
what about the slider about how long to keep mail off-line?  What is the difference between 1 month and all?  I want to keep as many emails as I can on the computer.  Can I keep all emails in my inbox and in the deleted items when I use an imps account?
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mkramer777Author Commented:
So if you delete the deleted items they are gone forever correct?
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QlemoBatchelor, Developer and EE Topic AdvisorCommented:
Deleted deleted items are gone, yes. You had two chances to not delete them :D.
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mkramer777Author Commented:
How long can deleted items stay in the deleted items folder?
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QlemoBatchelor, Developer and EE Topic AdvisorCommented:
There is no restriction by default, but the ISP might impose one.
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mkramer777Author Commented:
On the iPhone side of things with IMAP what will happen to the emails on the phone?  Will they go away?  DO I need to delete the existing account and start a new one or can I just change it from POP to IMAP?
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QlemoBatchelor, Developer and EE Topic AdvisorCommented:
You can't change the account type, AFAIK.
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mkramer777Author Commented:
so I have to start from scratch to change it from pop to imap on the iPhone or iPad?  Will I lose my contacts?
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QlemoBatchelor, Developer and EE Topic AdvisorCommented:
I don't know where you usually store contacts on iDevices (I don't apple), but if they are not in some iCloud, then they go with the POP3 account.
Contacts are not related to POP3 or IMAP - both are pure eMail procotols. The Apps can extract and store contact info, but that is totally up to them.
You can also just keep the POP3 account, but disable email polling.
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