Set up email

Add and configure your email accounts on Thunderbird

The difference between IMAP and POP3

Thunderbird gives users the choice between using IMAP or POP3. This documentation will explain the major differences between these protocols.

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Thunderbird and Gmail

Thunderbird can be set up to work seamlessly with Google's Gmail. Messages will be synchronized between your local version of Thunderbird and web-based Gmail.

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Automatic Account Configuration

Setting up a new account with Thunderbird is fast! Setup is quick for most e-mail providers with only your username and password required.

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Manual Account Configuration

This article will show you how to manually configure the basic settings you need to send and receive emails with Thunderbird.

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Maildir in Thunderbird

Optional support for Maildir allows you to store email as individual files, unlike the default single file format. Learn about Maildir in Thunderbird.

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Changing IMAP to POP

As of Thunderbird 3, the new Automatic Account Configuration Wizard can help you configure your connection to your email provider, but only if your provider is in Mozilla's database of Internet Service Providers or recognized by Thunderbird. While most of the large providers are included, many smaller ones are not yet in the account configuration database.

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