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If I use pop3/imap to read my gmail via a desktop client can I also set it to show emails that google automatically puts into the spam folder?

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migrated from Jan 24 '10 at 17:32

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With IMAP, yes. The Spam folder is available as [Gmail]/Spam.

POP3 is very limited, and only allows accessing messages from INBOX. This is limitation of POP3 itself.

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If you need to access spam messages using pop3, you can create a filter to never place e-mail in the spam folder. According to

  1. Go to
  2. Create a new filter
  3. Type * in the From field
  4. In the next screen, select "Never send it to spam"
  5. POP3 now downloads spam too
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