imap procedures

work is changing host for website and email. domain name of company and my email address will stay identical. they said my email and contacts will be lost if i dont have them on outlook or thunderbird.  i have my email account setup on thunderbird as an imap account.  will all my email go away when they switch hosts or will my current email folders sync back up to new host site.  or is it the other way around where the new host email which starts blank, will sync with my current thunderbird and wipe out all my current folders and emails. im unclear as to exactly how email gets synced and/or deleted via imap.  is pop a better alternative for reading mail on my computer and/or phone etc?  hope this wasnt too confusing. thanks
StewartGilliganAsked:
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
I use POP3 email in Outlook, leave mail on the server, get email via IMAP on my iPhone and delete the email at the end of the day.

IMAP is different (as you know) in that mail stays on the server.

In your case, you should be able to download all your mail in to Outlook on the old host (VERIFY this). and then it should sync back to the new host. All should be well at that point.

Verify your mail in Outlook before disconnecting from the old host.
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StewartGilliganAuthor Commented:
here is some added info:  i have thunderbird set up as an imap account to current host.  i was told all i have to do is change the imap address to the new host after the switch and all my mail with sync with the new host.  is it that simple??  i thought when we leave the old host and all mail is deleted off their server it will sync with my thunderbird and delete all my mail and folders as well.  is that not true?  thanks
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
You need to check what "new host" means. If they are going to get your mail and put it on the new host and if you can verify this, then, yes, all you need to do is change the IMAP address to the new host. Ask them to make certain your email moves.
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Sikhumbuzo NtsadaSenior IT TechnicianCommented:
Hi,

I would advise you to Archive your E-mails to some form of PST locally on the computer - reason being if the host changes and the they do not import your e-mails to the new host, you will not be able to connect to the older host to sync those e-mails again.

Thank you.
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StewartGilliganAuthor Commented:
used thunderbird.  set up account imap with mail.domain instead of imap.domain  got all folders and emails.  new host says this will allow auto syncing to new server when switch is made.  1 day til then......
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StewartGilliganAuthor Commented:
thanks john
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
@StewartGilligan  - You are very welcome and I was happy to help.
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