Thunderbird Program


This page explains how to set up the free Mozilla Thunderbird e-mail program to send and receive e-mail for a POP mailboxThis page explains how to set up the free Mozilla Thunderbird e-mail program to send and receive e-mail for a POP mailbox

Follow the instructions below to set up Thunderbird.

1. Start the Thunderbird program

Start Thunderbird. If no mail accounts are already defined, the "Mail Account Setup" window will automatically open, and you should skip to step 5 below. Otherwise, click Tools, then Account Settings from the menu bar.

2. The "Account Settings" window appears

To add a SMTP server click the Add button on the right side to create a new outgoing server. If you want to correct the settings for an existing SMTP server, then select it in the list in the main part of the window and click the Edit button.

3. The "SMTP Server" window appears

Enter these settings for outgoing e-mail messages:
Description: (your e-mail address)
Server Name:
Port: 25

In the "Security and Authentication" section:

Check the box labeled Use name and password.

User Name: (your username)

Select STARTTLS. This enables a secure connection, which ensures that anyone who can eavesdrop on your Internet connections (such as a neighbor with a WiFi card) won't be able to view your password or the contents of your e-mail. (You can also choose the No option, in which case your e-mail will not be encrypted while being downloaded from our servers.)

(Note: do not check "Use secure authentication".)

The window should look like this:

Click OK to save the changes. This closes the "SMTP Server" window.
4. Create a new incoming mail account

Click Account Actions and then Add Mail Account (in the bottom left of the "Account Settings" window) to create a new e-mail account.

5. Enter your name and login details

"Your Name" is the name that other people will see when you send them e-mail. It should usually be your real name, such as John Smith or Joan of Arc. Enter the name you want other people to see when you send them e-mail.

Then type your e-mail address. The address must be the e-mail address of the POP mailbox you created in your account management control panel.

Enter the password for the e-mail account and check Remember password, then click Continue.

Thunderbird will try to automatically detect the incoming server information — let this process continue until it finishes.
6. Review your account information

Click Edit. Review the settings in this window, and make changes where necessary:
Change "Username" to your full e-mail address (all lowercase):
Make sure that the "Incoming" line is set to: — IMAP — 143 — STARTTLS
Change the "Outgoing" line to: — SMTP — 587 — STARTTLS. (If you already have another entry for in the "Outgoing" list, you can simply choose that instead.)

Click Manual Setup. Doing so will close the "Mail Account Setup" window and return you to the "Account Settings" window. Click OK to close the "Account Settings" window.
Setup is complete

You're finished! Try sending yourself a test e-mail message to make sure it works.

NOTE: As a courtesy, we provide information about how to use certain third-party products, but we do not endorse or directly support third-party products and we are not responsible for the functions or reliability of such products. Thunderbird® is a registered trademark of Mozilla Corporation in the United States and/or other countries. All rights reserved.