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How To Set Up Google Apps Email In Thunderbird

After having several problems — daily and hourly — with Outlook while connecting to a Google Apps email server, I decided to switch to Thunderbird. (Using Outlook? Here is How to Set up Outlook for Google Apps Email)

Thunderbird is an open source (free) email client made by the same people who made Firefox. You can download a free copy of Thunderbird for either Mac or PC here. You’ll notice it is a lot like Outlook, but faster and more stable. Thunderbird also lacks the calendar and some other features of Outlook, but there are many developers who make special Thunderbird Add-Ons to give you the same functionality.

Setting up your Thunderbird email client for Thunderbird (or any other email app, for that matter) is pretty easy. It’s a lot like setting up email for any other kind of email account, except that Google has its own server names. Oh, and they use a high security SSL (secure) mail connection, rather than the usual unencrypted ones.

Did that make sense to you? Well, no matter. Here are the basic settings.

What you’ll need to know to begin are:

  • Your email address — the whole thing including your domain name. That could be something like [email protected]
  • Your password — You should have this. But if you don’t, then try logging into your Google Apps account via the webmail, and ask the system to reset the password for you.

Once you have that info, here are the settings you need to know.

Incoming Server Settings For Google Apps Email

  • Incoming Mail (IMAP) Server: imap.gmail.com
  • Use SSL: Yes
  • Port: 993

Outgoing Server Settings For Google Apps Email

  • Outgoing Mail (SMTP) Server: smtp.gmail.com
  • Use Authentication: Yes
  • Use STARTTLS: Yes (some clients call this SSL)
  • Port: 465 or 587

Now that you have the settings, how about a video to show you step by step how to set up your Google Apps Account in Outlook? I’ve made you a video here.

Video: How to set up Thunderbird for Google Apps Email

And, if you need any further clarification, or prefer to see step by step instructions, Google has a very good step by step page for setting up Google Apps Email in Outlook here:

Google Apps Setup for Thunderbird 3

And, you can also see their list of all of the email clients — including the iPhone and iPad, here:

Google Apps Setup for iPhone, iPod, iPad, and almost any email client.

Still have a question? Leave a comment below and I will answer it for you.



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