Configure Mozilla® Thunderbird® for Gmail®
What are the guidelines to configure of Mozilla Thunderbird for Gmail?
Thunderbird is an open source cross platform e-mail developed by Mozilla foundation. Configuration of Mozilla Thunderbird with Gmail is a simple process. First you should enable a POP in your Gmail account. For that sign in to your Gmail account and Take the Gmail settings and click ‘Forwarding and POP/IMAP’. Under ‘POP download’ choose whether you want to enable the settings for all the Gmail or mails that come after changing the settings. Then click ‘Save changes’. Now you should configure your Mozilla Thunderbird account to download your Gmail messages. Open Mozilla Thunderbird and select ‘Tools’ menu. Select ‘Account settings’ and click Add Account. An Account Wizard window is opened. Now select Gmail from the e-mail account options and click 'Next'. Enter your name in the ‘Your Name’ field in your account wizard. This name will be seen in ‘From’ line by other people when you send them messages. Enter your Gmail address in the ‘Email Address’ field and click 'Next'. Click 'Finish' after verifying the information on the screen. Then go to ‘Account setting’ window and select ‘Server Settings’. After that deselect the box next to ‘Leave messages on the server’ and click 'Ok'. Now your Configuration is set.
Following describes the way to access Gmail with Mozilla Thunderbird, the issues during the configuration and ways to solve it.
- Access Gmail with Mozilla Thunderbird
- Issues during the Configuration of Mozilla Thunderbird for Gmail
- Tips to fix it
Access Gmail with Mozilla Thunderbird
For accessing Gmail with Mozilla Thunderbird open the Mozilla Mozilla Thunderbird e-mail program. Click 'Security' tab and select 'SSL'. Enable ‘Check for new messages’ and ‘Automatically download new messages’ functions. Click 'Tools' menu and select 'Account Settings'. Click 'Add account' button and select 'Ee-mail account' and click 'Next'. Designate the account type as ‘POP’ and click ‘Next’. Enter ‘pop.gmail.com’ in the field named ‘Incoming Server’. Enter your Gmail address in the ‘Incoming username’ and ‘Outgoing username’ field and click 'Next'. Designate a name for you Gmail account and then click 'Finish'. Go to ‘Account settings’ locate your Gmail account and choose ‘Server Settings’ and set the port designation to 995.
Issues during the Configuration of Mozilla Thunderbird for Gmail
Common problems found while configuring Mozilla Thunderbird for Gmail are repeatedly asking for your invalid credentials error, connection failure errors, message sending failed etc. Sometimes Username and password are not accepted and it shows invalid username or password. Connection errors include server not found or connection refused. Message sending is failed due to server connections or server settings. This can be solved by verifying the settings or connections.
When an invalid in credentials error is found, check whether the username and password are correct and clear the captcha. If you are Google user, you should visit Google’s unlock captcha site. Make sure that your domain name is also correct. When there is a connection error check whether the server name is right or not. If the server name is correct, check your Internet connection. Also check whether POP is enabled in your Gmail and the incoming port. If the problem persists, run a 'telnet test'. If the telnet test shows error then it indicates your network is blocking access to Gmail’s POP server and contacts your Internet service provider. If the telnet test clears, then problems are temporary and will be resolved within 24 hours.
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