How to get IMAP on Gmail?

There are guides galore for Gmail and how to use IMAP but how do you actually get it? They are supposed to be rolling it out to everyone but I’ve been checking for ages and nothing. After setting up an account for my Brother at Christmas and it appearing instantly I was understandably a bit pissed and confused as I’d had my account for years and still stuck with POP access.

So before I tell you how to get it here’s why you should want it. POP lets you access your emails on any mail client and that’s it, IMAP ensures that changes you make to either web mail or your email client are synced with each other.

If you don’t have it available on your settings page the way I found that did it instantly was to change my language to English (US)

Gmail Settings

Once I’d done this I simply logged out and back in again and the IMAP option was there, hope this helps someone as I’ve been banging my head against a brick wall on this one for ages.