How to Setup Comcast Email in Thunderbird

This guide will take you step by step through the process of setting up the Thunderbird email client to work with your @comcast.net email address.

Note: The screenshots used in this tutorial are from a Mac, but the steps and images are nearly identical and you’ll have absolutely no trouble following along if you’re using Windows or Linux.

  1. Start up Thunderbird. You may be prompted to set Thunderbird as your default email App – if that happens, for now, select Skip Integration
  2. Right away you’ll be presented with the option to create a new email address. Since that’s not what we want to do, click the Skip this step and use my existing email button.
  3. At this point you should be prompted with a Mail Account Setup screen. If you are, perfect – you can skip this and the next step and jump down to step #5 below. If you don’t see a Mail Account Setup window have no fear. Click Tools from the main menu and then Account Settings from the drop-down list (Windows users: select Options and then Account Settings)
  4. In the bottom left corner of the window you’ll find an Account Actions menu. Click it and then select Add Mail Account… from the options.
  5. In the Mail Account Setup window enter your Name, your full @comcast.net email address and the password associated with that email account. Click Continue when you’re ready.
  6. Thunderbird will automatically get the settings for your account and apply them to the App.
  7. Once the settings have been successfully retrieved a ‘confirmation’ screen will appear. On that screen make sure that IMAP (remote folders) is selected, then click Done
  8. Ta-da! All done. Thunderbird will load all of your messages – which can take some time depending on how many there are. You can review the ‘welcome’ message from Thunderbird while they load.

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