Techniques to Configure Mozilla® Thunderbird 3 Using IMAP
How to configure Mozilla Thunderbird 3 using IMAP?
IMAP stands for Internet Message Access Protocol which is a way of accessing your e-mail on our servers. The main benefit of IMAP is that since it maintains the original e-mails on the server, no matter how many different machines you log-in from you will have absolute access to all your e-mail. It lets you work with an infinite number of server-side folders too, which makes IMAP a perfect companion to server-side e-mail filtering and spam administration. This permits to shift all e-mail filters and spam handling to your e-mail server. Additionally, IMAP allows you to always work with your mail live on the server which means that a connection is made and usually maintained through your complete e-mail session. To save bandwidth, messages viewed once are cached on your PC and you can moreover set up synchronization to hoard permanent copies of messages locally.
Ways to configure Mozilla Thunderbird 3 using IMAP and tips to resolve issues while doing so are below:
- Configure Mozilla Thunderbird 3 for IMAP
- No IMAP access in Mozilla Thunderbird 3
- Messages go missing in Mozilla Thunderbird 3
Configure Mozilla Thunderbird for IMAP
Initially start your Mozilla Thunderbird 3 e-mail client and then click on 'File' to choose 'New' in 'Account', so that the Account Wizard pops up. In that you may select 'Email Account' and hit 'Next'. Now fill in your name and E-mail Address and hit 'Next' again. Opt for IMAP for incoming server type and then mention your incoming server and click on 'Next'. After that fill in your Incoming User Name which is normally your e-mail address and hit 'Next'. Give this account a name and hit 'Next' followed by 'Finish'. Now press 'Get Mail', and now Mozilla Thunderbird 3 will prompt you for a log in.
No IMAP access in Mozilla Thunderbird 3
If you could not get the Gmail account set up on the Mozilla Thunderbird 3 and if the automatic search for IMAP and SMTP server settings fails, in addition to the non- functioning of manual setup from Mozilla Thunderbird 2 recommendations; you need to change the settings as follows:
The Server Name has to be imap.gmail.com, and then Port has to be 993. The user name should be changed to email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org, the Connection security as SSL/TLS and the use secure authentication must be unticked. The Outgoing Server (SMTP) has also to be modified as the server name to smtp.gmail.com and Port to 587. Then user name and password must be ticked, the username has to be altered to email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org. Finally the connection security needs to be STARTTLS.
While you look at the folder in Mozilla Thunderbird 3, and if you find that there are no messages, remember it is not a bug. On the other hand, it is a consequence of Gmail's 'Conversation view'. All the messages in a conversation appear collectively in webmail, however only messages with a label show up in the subsequent IMAP folder. New messages in a labeled conversation are not mechanically labeled. You have to use a filter in Mozilla Thunderbird 3, or move them manually. The message appears after you re-label the conversation, since that action applies the label to all of the messages in the conversation.
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