Google@UH Gmail Thunderbird(MAC) setup

Configuring Thunderbird 14 with IMAP connection for Google@UH Gmail

Note: These instructions were written for Thunderbird 14.  If you have another version, the below steps might differ slightly.
Note: Make sure you have enabled IMAP in Google@UH Gmail before you continue, instructions can be found here.

  1. Open Thunderbird. (First time users may be prompted with "Would you like a new email address?", click on Skip this and use my existing email. You will be prompted with the Mail Account Setup, skip to step 4)
  2. On the menu bar, select Tools > Account Settings.

  3. On the Account Settings, use the drop down box on the lower left labeled Account Actions and select Add Mail Account.

  4. Fill out Your name as you would like it to appear on emails you send. In Email Address box, type your full email address ( Optionally enter your password and check the box to remember your password.

  5. Click on Continue and immediately click on Manual Config. (Thunderbird will fail to find the settings for the account so you will need to enter the settings manually)
  6. The next screen allows you to type in connection information for the Google@UH mail servers. 

    Incoming should be set to IMAP
    Sever hostname should be set to
    Set SSL to SSL/TLS
    Set Authentication to Normal password.
    Change the Incoming server (IMAP) port to 993

    Outgoing should be set to SMTP.
    Sever hostname should be set to
    Set Authentication to Normal password.
    Change the Outgoing server (SMTP) port number to 465 if using SSL(Note: SMTP port 587 should also work with TLS/STARTTLS).
    Username should be your full email address (

  7. Click on Done.
  8. Click on Get Mail.


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Article ID: 1422
Created: Wed, 18 Jul 2012 4:21pm
Modified: Thu, 26 Jul 2012 2:26pm