Thunderbird is a cross platform and open source email client. It supports POP, SMTP & IMAP protocols along with giving enormous functionality for email management, calendar, events etc. to the users.
Mozilla Thunderbird can be configured to work with Google’s Gmail. Users can synchronize Gmail mailbox with Thunderbird by using IMAP. While the data can be downloaded from the Gmail server with POP. Both Thunderbird & Gmail have to be configured at the respective ends in order to complete the synchronization.
Gmail can be configured by going to the “Settings” and performing following steps to enable IMAP
Once the Gmail settings are dealt with, it’s time to do the following in Mozilla Thunderbird.
Note: The above method describes the automatic Gmail configuration in Thunderbird. However the user can customize and perform manual account configuration as well.
In some older version of Thunderbird, the automatic configuration of Gmail doesn’t work well. Hence it is better to perform manual account configuration if automatic mode doesn’t work. During the defined steps given in the above section, fill the details for the following departments:
Note: Do note that the Gmail account can be successfully configured in Outlook in the given manner. However, there is another way to go about this Thunderbird Gmail configuration and that is by using “Manual config” button. It is explained in the below section.
For fully manual processing without having Thunderbird to detect the configuration settings, do the following:
Incoming server: IMAP
Server hostname: imap.gmail.com
Incoming server: POP
Server hostname: pop.gmail.com
Multiple email accounts can use the same SMTP settings, hence unlike POP and IMAP, it remains the same for every Gmail account.
Enter the following details in SMTP server
Outgoing server: SMTP
Server hostname: smtp.gmail.com
After filling the following details, the user can send/receive the emails. Other options can be filled according if required by the user.
There are multiple errors related to the incoming and outgoing server settings of Mozilla Thunderbird, If you are having any of these issues, you can take a look at the following topics:
The article showcases the steps to configure a Gmail account in Thunderbird using IMAP or POP protocol. It explains the settings for incoming server and outgoing server in detail. Most of these settings remain the same for other email accounts as well. For example, the steps to configure Gmail account in Outlook differs as per the interface, however the configuration settings remain the same.