How To Change An Email Account From POP3 To IMAP In Thunderbird

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May 28, 2019

Email is the most popular communication method in the world. Even with the rise of social media, nearly all business communication is still made by email. Every day, businesses use email, and they just want it to work. We highly recommend you use IMAP instead of POP3. IMAP lets you use and sync email across devices, whereas POP3 is an older email protocol that forces you to download your email to one single device.

Our Email service works best when configured with IMAP.

Here’s a guide to configure your email from POP3 to IMAP in Thunderbird.

For this guide, we’ll give you a how to on changing from old POP3 to IMAP in Thunderbird.

1. Open Thunderbird from your PC and Select the “Tools tab” and then Click on “Account Settings” button

2. In the “Account Settings” tab select Account Actions and then click on Add Mail Account.

3. Enter your full name, email address and password and click Continue.

4. Once Thunderbird has found your account, it will automatically configure your account settings for both POP3 and IMAP. Select the IMAP option, then click Done.

5. While still on the Account Settings window, you can click on the newly created account and edit the Account Name section by appending (IMAP) at the end of the new email to read [email protected] (IMAP), and then click OK.

The purpose of labeling is for easy identification as to which email account is set to IMAP and POP3

6. Now that we have set up our IMAP Account in Thunderbird, You can move messages stored on your computer from the POP3 account to the IMAP account server by clicking on Ctrl-A to select all messages and drag them into the IMAP account. These messages will be synchronized into the server.

We can then remove the POP3 account so that it doesn’t attempt to make a connection with the server which may result in messages in the IMAP account being deleted from the server.To remove the POP3 account, simply Right-click on the POP3 Account (remember we labeled the IMAP account; so select the one without the IMAP extension) then select Settings.

7. The Account Settings window will open and you can click on Account Actions on the bottom left and then select Remove Account.

A pop-up window will appear asking whether you’re sure you want to remove the email account, confirm by selecting OK.

Now you can comfortably switch between POP3 and IMAP.

If you have any questions, you can just click the little chat icon on the bottom right of this page to get in touch with us!

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