Remove Email Account

In the case where you wish to remove an email account from your Thunderbird, you can easily do that without needing to uninstall/reinstall Thunderbird. This section guides you on how to remove email account from Thunderbird.

Open Account Settings

The first step is to open up your Account Settings. You can do that by going to Tools > Account Settings.

open account settings

Removing Email Account from Thunderbird

Now that we’re done, we should start removing your email account.

Remove IMAP (inbox)

On the Account Settings menu:

  1. Select anything inside under your email account.
  2. Select Account Actions.
  3. When the sub-menu appears, select Remove Account.
  4. Confirm the removal.

remove mail account from account settings

remove mail account from account settings confirmed

Create Null SMTP Account (Outbox)

Now we need to create a null SMTP account before removing your SMTP account. To do that:

  1. Select Outgoing Server (SMTP) on the right option list.
  2. Select Add to create a null account.
  3. Fill in a dummy account with description None. Here’s an example:
    1. Description: None
    2. Server Name:
  4. Fill in a dummy security and authentication.
    1. Connection Security: None
    2. Authentication Method: Password, transmitted insecurely
    3. User Name: [email protected]
  5. Press OK to complete the null account creation.
  6. Select the null account.
  7. Select Set Default.
  8. Select OK.

create null smtp account from account settings

set null smtp account default in account settings

Remove Your SMTP Account

Now that we have the null account set as default, you can proceed to remove your account. To do that:

  1. Select your SMTP account.
  2. Select Remove.
  3. Confirm removal with Yes.
  4. Press OK to complete the SMTP account removal process.

remove smtp account from account settings

Delete the Data Directory

Now that the Thunderbird and account are already detached, you can safely remove your data directory (example d:\Thunderbird\YourAccountName) cleanly.

Once done, your email account is cleanly removed from this computer.

remove account data location