Setting up your Gmail Account in Thunderbird 2.0

This tutorial shows you how to set up Thunderbird 2.0 to work with your Gmail account.

To Set Up Your Gmail Account in Thunderbird 2.0

1. First we need to make sure your Gmail account is set up to enable POP (Post Office Protocol). In Gmail just go to mail settings and choose the Forwarding and POP tab. Click on one of the options to enable POP.

Gmail Settings

Update: Note the drop-down that says what to do when mail is accessed with POP3. Please do NOT change this to "Delete".

Click on Save Changes Button

2. Open Thunderbird.

3. Click the Tools menu, and select Account Settings...

4. Click the Add Account... button to launch Account Wizard.

5. Select Gmail, and click Next.

6. Fill in the necessary fields to include the following information:

  • Your Name: Enter your name as you would like it to appear in the From: field of outgoing messages.
  • Email Address: Enter your Gmail username (everything before @gmail.com).

Thunderbird Account Settings

7. Click Next, then click Finish.

ThunderBird Settings

8. On the Server Settings tab in the Account Settings window, uncheck the box next to Leave messages on server.

ThunderBird Account

You're done configuring your client to send and retrieve Gmail messages.

To configure Thunderbird 2.0 for your Google Apps email address:

1. Enable POP in your email account. Don't forget to click Save Changes when you're done.

2. Open Thunderbird.

3. Click the Tools menu, and select Account Settings...

4. Click the Add Account... button to launch Account Wizard.

5. Select Email account and click Next.

6. Fill in the necessary fields to include the following information:

  • Your Name: Enter your name as you would like it to appear in the From: field of outgoing messages.
  • Email Address: Enter your full email address in the format 'username@your_domain.com.'

7. Select POP as the type of incoming server you're using and enter the server information as follows, then click Next (Note: enter the server names provided, don't add your domain name in this step):

  • Incoming Server: pop.gmail.com
  • Outgoing Server: smtp.gmail.com

8. Enter your full email address in the format 'username@your_domain.com' in both the Incoming User Name: and Outgoing User Name: fields, then click Next.

9. Name your account in the Account Name: field, if desired. Click Next, then click Finish.

10. On the Server Settings tab in the Account Settings window, do the following:

  • Change the Port: to '995'
  • Under User secure connection:, select SSL
  • Verify that the box next to Leave messages on server is unchecked, then click OK.

You're done configuring your client to send and retrieve Google Apps email messages.