Configure Google Apps Email Account on Mozilla Thunderbird

Applies to:
 Users wishing to configure Thunderbird to receive email from a Google Apps account.

To configure Thunderbird:

  1. From the top menu bar go to Tools and Account Settings...
  2. In the lower left click the Account Actions button and select Add Mail Account...
  3. Enter your Name (as you want it to appear to others), your complete email address, and your email password. Click Continue.

  4. Thunderbird will automatically configure your account. Click Create Account. Thunderbird will verify your settings and then synchronize your email.


  1. Your account is now configured to use in Mozilla Thunderbird.

Recommended Settings

Adjust these settings to improve the way Thunderbird handles email:

  1. Select Composition and Addressing for the new account. Change the drop down to start my reply above the quote.

  2. Go to Synchronization & Storage and under Message Synchronizing uncheck Keep messages for this account on this computer.

  3. Go to Copies & Folders and under When sending messages, automatically uncheck Place a copy in. Google automatically places sent items under the[Gmail]\Sent Mail folder without this setting.