How to setup IMAP with Comcast (Xfinity) email on Windows or Mac OS X

IMAP (Internet Message Access Protocol) has been around since the 1980’s, but Comcast has never supported it with their email accounts. IMAP has many benefits over POP, but I won’t go over those here.

Windows 8’s native email client doesn’t support POP, and this has finally been enough for Comcast to venture into supporting IMAP. Currently support is only in beta, and you only have the option of POP or IMAP – not both like most email providers have offered since the 80’s and 90’s.

How do you get IMAP? You sign up for the IMAP Trial from XFINITY® and cross your fingers that all goes well. The page does say “This page is for those subscribers that use Windows 8” but if you read the terms, it’s not platform specific so Windows 7 and prior as well as Mac users can take advantage of IMAP as well.

2 thoughts on “How to setup IMAP with Comcast (Xfinity) email on Windows or Mac OS X

  1. I have Windows 8, with Comcast service and want to synchronize my iphone5 email and phone contacts with my Windows 8 email & contacts. As of today, 12/29/14, does Comcast support IMAP? My tech support says that IMAP is critical for this functionality to work. Please advise. Thank you!

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