How to Add a New Email Account to Thunderbird

By Techwalla Internet Editor

Mozilla's Thunderbird is a free, user friendly mail client from the same company that creates the web browser, Firefox. The Email Account wizard is a step-by-step process, typically easy enough to follow as long as you have the information you need. In just a matter of minutes you'll be able to use the versatile Mozilla Thunderbird client to check your email from virtually any server you have an account with.

Things You'll Need

  • Mozilla Thunderbird
  • Your email account information, including the POP server's address

Step 1

Find "Account" in Mozilla Thunderbird's menu by looking under "File" and "New."

Step 2

Make sure "Email Account" is selected in the radio-button menu, and click "Next."

Step 3

Read the text, then type the name you want on your emails for "Your Name," and your return email address for "Email Address." Click "Next."

Step 4

Use the information provided by your email host, and select either POP or IMAP from the radio button choices.

Step 5

Type in the name of your incoming server where prompted and determine whether or not you wish to use a Global Inbox. Tick the box appropriately, then click "Next."

Step 6

Input your username into the "Input User Name" field. Click "Next."

Step 7

Enter the name you would like Mozilla Thunderbird to use for your account as the "Account Name." Click "Next."

Step 8

Select whether or not you want your messages downloaded at the end of the wizard, review your information, and click "Finish."

Step 9

Enjoy your new Email Account.

Tips & Warnings

  • If your email provider is Hotmail, Yahoo!, Lycos, MailDotCom, Gmail, Libero, or AOL, use the Webmail extension. Its added functionality allows Mozilla Thunderbird to utilize webmail clients.

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