Setting up an email account in Mozilla Thunderbird

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Setting up an email account in Mozilla Thunderbird

This article explains how to set up an e-mail account within the Mozilla Thunderbird email client. Due to differences in the operating systems, some steps might vary. However, these steps should be similar across most platforms.

Mozilla Thunderbird is free to download from mozilla.com/thunderbird.

When configuring an email account for the first time, Thunderbird will often be able to do most of the configuration automatically. However, if your emails are hosted with Weblator you will need to manually configure your account as it will not be listed in Thunderbird's automatic configuration database.

Before you get started, you will need the following:
 
  • incoming mail server and port (for example, "mail.mailator.com" and port 993)
    Please note that the port number for POP3 is 995, if using IMAP then the port number is 993.
  • outgoing mail server and port (for example, "mail.mailator.com" and port 25)
    Please note that the port number for SMTP is 25 without SSL, if using SSL then the port number is 465.
  • your email account username/address (for example, "hello@weblator.com")
  • your email account password
To configure your new account:
 
  1. Navigate to Tools and click on Accounts Settings.
  2. Click on the Account Actions button.
  3. Select Add Mail Account.
  4. Click Continue.
  5. Enter your name, email address, and password.
  6. Click Continue.
  7. Thunderbird will try to automatically configure. If it fails to to configure correctly, click Manual Config.
  8. Select either POP or IMAP (recommended).
    POP downloads emails to your local computer and removes the copy from the server.
    IMAP accesses emails only when you are viewing them, always keeping a copy on the server.
  9. Enter the Server Hostname and Port as per the above.
  10. Set SSL to "SSL/TLS".
  11. Set Authenticatoin to "Normal Password".
  12. Once the above has been complete, your settings should look something like the below:
  13. If correct, click on Done to complete configuring your email account.
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