How to set up email in Thunderbird

This guide takes you step-by-step through the process of setting up a new email account in Thunderbird.

Replace example.com with your domain name

Automatic Account configuration

A new email account setup with Thunderbird is quick and easy using Automatic Account configuration. 

However, reasons to rather use Manual Configuration are:

  • if you prefer POP, as this automatic configuration defaults to IMAP 
  • if this is a new hosting account and domain propagation has not completed


  1. Launch Mozilla Thunderbird
  2. Choose Create a new account > Email 

    Thunderbird email setup


  3. Choose Skip this and use my existing emailthnderbird mac skip

     Mail Account Setup

  4. Enter the following details:
    • Your Name (which will appear in the “From” field in your emails)
    • Email address
    • Password  (forgotten passwords can be reset in your control panel)
    • > Continue


  5. Thunderbird will now automatically check your email settings.
  6. If your settings are found, then your setup is complete and you can press Done. If your settings are not found, click the Manual config button and continue as below

    ♦ Manual configuration

    Follow the Automatic configuration above, and then choose Manual config.

  7. Ensure that your settings are correct as below (these are the default settings – replacing with your own name and domain).
    • Choose POP or IMAP
      • IMAP: Incoming port 993, Outgoing 465 (as below)
      • POP : Incoming 995, Outgoing 465
    • Ensure that the Username is the full email address.
    • If you don’t know your password, reset it in your Control Panel
    • For new hosting accounts, temporarily use the IP address  instead of the Incoming & Outgoing mail servers.
    • SSL is SSL/TLS
    • Authentication is Normal password.

  8. Click Done. Your email setup is complete.

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