This guide will take you step by step through the process of setting up the email app Thunderbird to send and receive your Gmail.
Note: this guide uses screenshots from Thunderbird in Windows. If you’re using macOS or Linux you’ll have absolutely no trouble at all following along – Thunderbird is nearly identical across all operating systems.
- In order to use Thunderbird to send and receive email using Gmail, the first thing you have to do is enable IMAP for your Gmail account. Sign in to Gmail in your web browser and click the Settings button at the top of the page, and then See all settings. Select the Forwarding and POP/IMAP tab and then locate the IMAP access: section. Finally, select the Enable IMAP option. When you’re done, click the Save changes button.
- Now launch Thunderbird. The Set Up Your Existing Email Address wizard will launch.
- Use the provided spaces to enter your name as you’d like it to appear on your outgoing email messages, your Gmail address and Gmail password. Once you’ve done that, click the Continue button.
- Thunderbird will contact a configuration server and retrieve all of the additional information it needs. Make sure that IMAP (remote folders) is selected and then click the Done button.
- A window will open up and take you to a Google sign-in page. Enter your gmail address and then click the Next button.
- Enter your password and then click the Sign in button.
- Click the Allow button to give Thunderbird permission to access your Gmail account.
- After you grant permission for Thunderbird to use your Gmail, it will start to download your Gmail messages and folders.
- Finally – you can now send and receive your Gmail emails using Thunderbird. That’s it!