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Gmail - Configure Thunderbird

Last Updated: 09/17/2015
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This tutorial demonstrates how to configure Thunderbird on Windows or Macintosh for Gmail accounts.

This tutorial applies to the following operating system(s):
  • MAC

You may need to enable IMAP for your account prior to configuration of your email client ( To do this: 

  1. From the Gmail web client, click Settings from the cog menu.
  2. In the POP/IMAP Download tab, click Enable IMAP.
  3. Click Save Changes.

Step 1

Click Create a new account or Email.

Step 2

Click the Skip this and use my existing email button.

Step 3

In the Your name: text field enter your desired display name.

Step 4

Enter your E-mail address ( and Identikey password in the corresponding fields.

Step 5

Click the Continue button.

Step 6

Click the Manual config button.

Step 7

Enter the following for your server settings:

  • Incoming server: 
    • Server hostname:
    • Port: 993
    • SSL: SSL/TLS
    • Authentication: Normal Password
  • Outgoing server: 
    • Server hostname:
    • Port: 587
    • Authentication: Normal Password


Step 8

Enter your in both Username: fields, then click Done.

Step 9

Your email will be configured and messages wil begin syncing.

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