In this article, we will learn how to setup a Gmail account in the Mozilla Thunderbird email client.
Mozilla Thunderbird is a free and open-source email client that allows you to configure POP, IMAP, and Exchange email accounts with the help of the owl extension. It is the default email client for many Linux Distros, for example, Ubuntu.
It provides loads of customization options and is one of the best email client alternatives to Microsoft Outlook.
Gmail IMAP Account Settings
To configure an IMAP Gmail account in Thunderbird, you need to first enable IMAP in Gmail, which is disabled by default.
Follow the below steps to enable the IMAP setting in Gmail.
1. Open a web browser and sign in to your Gmail account.
2. Click Settings > See all settings at the top-right corner.
3. Select the Forwarding and POP/IMAP tabs, scroll down and under IMAP status, Enable IMAP and select Save Changes.
Setup Gmail IMAP Account in Thunderbird
After enabling IMAP settings in Gmail, the next step is to configure an IMAP Gmail account in Thunderbird.
Open the Thunderbird email client. Go to File > New > Existing Mail Account.
Fill in the information such as your name, email address, and password and then click Continue.
You will see that the IMAP protocol is selected by default. Click Configure manually.
Make sure you have selected OAuth2 as the authentication method for IMAP incoming and SMTP outgoing email, otherwise you might get an error.
It will prompt you to sign in to your Gmail account and allow access to Mozilla Thunderbird Email.
Gmail has been configured successfully in Thunderbird.
Follow the below post on how to configure your Outlook.com IMAP account in Thunderbird.
You can setup your IMAP Gmail account in the Mozilla Thunderbird email client and access your emails, contacts, and calendars with ease. In this blog post, we learned how to configure an IMAP Gmail account in Thunderbird.