Add Email Account to Thunderbird
To add an email account into Thunderbird, some versions of Thunderbird popup the dialog for you to input, some not. To standardize into a single process, we will not entertain the dialog box. After all, there are a number of additional configuration to do.
This section guides you on how to add email account to Thunderbird the classical fashion way.
Prepare Storage Location
Under ZORALab process, we want to ensure all data is within out known control and locations. Hence, before starting to add an email account, we prepare the storage location for Thunderbird. ZORALab recommends to create folder for the following paths:
WINDOWS: d:\Thunderbird\YourAccountName LINUX : $HOME/Thunderbird/YourAccountName
Enable Menu Bar
If your menu bar is not enabled, you should enable it by now.
Add Email Account
The next thing is to open
Select Add Mail Account
When the menu is shown, select
Account Actions at the bottom left and then
Add Mail Account.
Obtain App Specific Password
By 2019, major email service providers (e.g. Gmail, ZOHO, ProtonMail, etc.) all had implemented 2-factor/2-step authentication with its App Specific Passwords system for enhancing security countermeasures.
Hence, in all our email account guides, whenever we mention password, we strictly refer to App Specific Password. If your email service provider does not provide such security feature, there are only 2 options left:
- Use your normal email password but change it periodically.
- Raise the security feature request to your service provider.
Fills in Email Credentials Form
Once you got your password, you may fill in the email credentials in your Thunderbird.
- Name - the email display name you want it to appear in every sending email.
- Email - The email address you want to add.
- Password - The password needed to authenticate your email account.
Perform Manual Configurations
Manual Config to set some security configurations. You need to
check a few settings:
- Port Number
- SSL type
By today's standards, these should be the recommended settings:
- Receive =
Port Number 933|
- Send =
Port Number 465|
Once done, you will need to run
Re-test. If everything is good, press
to complete the integrations.
If everything is successful, you should see your IMAP email settings available in your account panels. Do not exit but see the next step.
IMPORTANT NOTE: In today's Internet technology, you MUST use SSL over anything else. SSL is meant to encrypt and secure your data in transit between your email server with Thunderbird.
Hence, if you cannot enable SSL connection, you should not connect your email account with thunderbird. Contact your service provider.
NOTE: your service provider may alter the port number. Hence, you should look into its documentations and seek out its
Configure Signature Settings
There are some signature settings to configure for normal user usage. You need to:
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Configure Data Location
Now, we need to configure the data location we prepared earlier. There are 4 steps:
Server Settingsinside your account.
- At the content panel to the right, scroll down and find the
Local directoryand then select
- Find your data directory prepared earlier (example:
- Select your account directory (example:
Select Folderand that's it.
Accept and Restart Thunderbird
Once done, you:
- Can press
OKto complete the process. You will be prompted to restart Thunderbird.
- Proceed to press
- Upon returning, you email is ready to use.