Set up IMAP – Mozilla Thunderbird

To set up Thunderbird for IMAP, perform the following steps:
1. In Thunderbird, select File / New / Existing Mail Account
2. Enter your first and last name in the Your name box. This is the name that will appear in the From field of messages you send
3. In the Email address box, enter your entire email address (e.g.,
4. In the Password box, enter the password for your email account
5. Click the Continue button. Thunderbird will attempt to automatically detect account settings, but click the Manual Config button at this time
6. Under Mail Account Setup, enter the following information:

  • Username: Your full email address (e.g.,
  • Incoming Server hostname:
  • Outgoing server hostname:
  • POP / IMAP drop-down menu: Select IMAP
  • Incoming port number: 993
  • Incoming SSL drop-down menu: SSL/TLS
  • Outgoing port number: 465
  • Incoming SSL drop-down menu: SSL/TLS
  • Authentication for both servers: Normal Password

*Note: You will be able to change the Outgoing server information if needed after the setup is complete. This can be changed by going to Tools / Account Settings / Outgoing Server (SMTP)

7. Click the Re-test button
8. After Thunderbird verifies the account information, click Done

*Note: Using SSL (Secure Sockets Layer): SSL provides additional security to your E-mail communication. SSL encrypts your messages between your E-mail client and our servers. SSL is optional. The addresses provided will not work without SSL turned on. If you decide not to use SSL, please change your incoming server to using port 143 and the outgoing server to using port 25, 587, or 8025

Managing Folders
To control where Mozilla Thunderbird places copies of sent messages, drafts, and templates, select Tools / Account Settings / Select and expand your mail account and select Copies & Folders to indicate where you want Thunderbird to file your sent messages, drafts, etc.

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